Early box office tracking is already in for the upcoming weekend, which sees the debut of two highly anticipated releases: Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and Disney's "Big Hero 6," based on the Marvel comic of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney animated feature may be on track to outpace Nolan's newest epic -- by $10 to $15 million. Box office predictors state that "Big Hero 6" could cross $60 million in its stateside debut weekend, while "Interstellar" is on track for between $50 and $55 million.
Both amounts are nothing to sneeze at for an opening weekend -- in fact, if estimates prove to be true, it would be the fourth time in history that two films have opened past the $50 million in the same weekend. Whichever way the box office weekend totals go, "Big Hero 6" has already continued Disney's streak of hits in animation -- the film has already taken in $1.4 million in Thursday runs (the critically acclaimed "Frozen" only took in $1.2 million on its pre-Thanksgiving debut).
"Interstellar," by comparison, took in $2.7 million in late-night screenings, which compares favorably to Nolan's last film, "Inception," which earned $3 million in its midnight showings.