‘Big Hero 6’ debuted with the second-best opening for an animated film in 2014 and outdueled ‘Interstellar’ during a lively weekend at the box office, according to industry figures released by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday. The Disney Animation adventure comedy ‘Big Hero 6’ grossed $56.1 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, eclipsing the Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic ‘Interstellar,’ which earned $47.5 million.
With a family friendly PG rating and outstanding reviews, ‘Big Hero 6’ is set for a highly successful run with no other animated films scheduled for release until Nov. 26 when ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ hits theaters. Among animated films in 2014, only ‘The LEGO Movie,’ which opened with $69 million in February, topped the ‘Big Hero 6’ debut.
Mystery thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ starring Ben Affleck and based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, rose one spot to No. 3 in its sixth weekend, earning $6.2 million for a total of $145.5 million since opening Oct. 3. After two weekends at No. 1, supernatural horror thriller ‘Ouija’ fell three spots to No. 4 in its third weekend, earning $5.8 million for a total of $43.3 million since opening Oct. 24. The World World II drama ‘Fury,’ starring Brad Pitt, slipped two spots to No. 5 in its fourth weekend, earning $5.6 million for a total of $69.3 million since opening Oct. 17.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is the comedy sequel to 1994’s ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ Set 20 years after the first film, ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ follows Lloyd and Harry on a trip to find Harry’s adopted daughter. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Beyond the Lights’ is a romantic drama about Noni, a singer struggling under the pressure of fame, until she meets Kaz, a police officer with political aspirations, whose love helps Noni find the courage to become the artist she is meant to be. Early reviews are positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes with critics saying the film is ‘well-acted, sexy and surprising’ and ‘entertaining and emotionally involving.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is the animated adventure sequel to 2010’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ In the sequel, Hiccup and his dragon Toothless find themselves in the midst of a battle after discovering the hidden home of hundreds of new dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. A high-flying 92 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is ‘exciting, emotionally resonant and beautifully animated.’ Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.
‘I Am Ali’ is a biographical sports documentary with unprecedented access to the boxer Muhammad Ali’s audio journals and inner circle of family and friends. Only five of 12 reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Jersey Boys,’ directed by Clint Eastwood, is a biographical music drama about the young men who would form the popular 1960s rock-and-roll group The Four Seasons. A middling 53 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there’s no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments.’ Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Labor Day,’ starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, is a drama about a depressed single mom and her son and how their lives change when they offer a wounded man a ride, a man who is actually a criminal on the run. Only 34 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said ‘Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin make for an undeniably compelling pair, but they can’t quite rescue ‘Labor Day’ from the pallid melodrama of its exceedingly ill-advised plot.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Let’s Be Cops’ is an R-rated comedy about two friends who dress as police officers for a costume party and are mistaken for actual cops, drawing the attention of mobsters and corrupt detectives along the way. Only 20 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said ‘Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson have comedic chemistry,’ but the film ‘fails to do anything with it.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Tammy,’ starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, is an R-rated comedy about a hard-luck woman who hits the road after losing her job and learning her husband is unfaithful. Only 24 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said ‘Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren’t enough to keep the jumbled ‘Tammy’ on track.’ Watch the official trailer here.