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Disney's Big Hero 6 and Interstellar enjoy big US debut weekends

Big Hero 6

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY’S Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar have both enjoyed successful US openings.

The former led the way, blasting to No.1 with $56.2 million, while Interstellar came second with $50 million.

Big Hero 6‘s stellar performance marks another victory for Disney Animation Studios after Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph.

Inspired by Marvel characters, the animation chronicles the special bond that develops between Baymax (Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), who transforms Baymax and his adrenaline-seeking friends into a band of high-tech heroes determined to help the city of San Fransokyo.

It is directed by Don Hall (of Winnie The Pooh fame) and features a voice cast including Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr and Alan Tudyk.

Given its Japanese influences, Big Hero 6 is also expected to perform well internationally.

Interstellar‘s opening figure may be Nolan’s lowest US haul since The Prestige in 2006 ($14.8 million), as well as his first film since Insomnia in 2002 not to come in No. 1, but it’s a good start for an original concept that boasts a 169 minute running time.

The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts trying to save the human race, with the ensemble cast also including Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore commented: “Interstellar received a B+ CinemaScore, just like Inception. Christopher Nolan doesn’t make the most straightforward movies. They are compelling and sophisticated and our assumption is that, similar to Inception, this movie will play for a very, very long time.”

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