The Monday Morning Hangover Report – 11/10/14

by Tim Barley and Mike Reyes

Big Hero 6 rockets to the top, while Interstellar makes a killing worldwide and Gone Girl clings to the top five!

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Good Monday morning, Mixers! After a couple of months off for Drinkmaster Tim and the staff, we’re back with your Monday Morning Hangover Report.

We hope your weekend was as productive and ice filled as ours was, as we’ve been restocking the bar back to office regulations, dusting off the glassware and pulled the barstools off the bar, especially considering “Manhattan” Mike Reyes has staggered back to the well and shown up in the offices again. (Though to be fair, he hasn’t been given the key to the top shelf of the drink cabinet, so he’s only allowed to drink from the Well liquors.) Professional reprimands aside, we’ve got the weekend box office numbers from the first weekend of “Winter Tentpole” season!

Weekend Box Office –  11/7 – 11/9

1. Big Hero 6: $56.2 mil.
2. Interstellar:
 $50 mil.
3. Gone Girl: $6.1 mil.
4. Ouija $6.0 mil.
5. St. Vincent: $5.7 mil.
6. Nightcrawler: $5.51 mil.
7. Fury: $5.5 mil.
8. John Wick: $4.1  mil
9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $3.5 mil.
10. The Book Of Life: $2.8 mil 

– C&M –

Not bad! Two movies above $50 million! When was the last time you saw that at the box office!?!? Interstellar was the assumed winner of the weekend, ever since its release date was announced. However, what you think is going to happen and what actually happens are not always the same thing, as we saw this weekend. Considering how big of a winter Disney had last year, what with Frozen taking over the box office for months on end, we might see Big Hero 6 be another big winner for the Mouse House! With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy both performing huge box office feats of strength, and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man ahead, Disney’s portfolio looks pretty secure. Hard to believe this is the same studio that took a huge loss on The Lone Ranger last summer…

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While Big Hero 6 took the domestic market, Interstellar didn’t do all that bad, as it was only about $6 mil. behind the curve. However, with a huge international release also bowing for Christopher Nolan’s latest this past weekend, the film is already on its way to matching its budgetary figure. Despite the mixed response to the film’s content, it looks like this flick is going to be a good performer for a couple of weeks, and while it’ll have no problem making a profit, we’re not so sure how big of a hit this one is actually going to be. We should have a review coming this afternoon, so stay tuned. (**Tim’s $.02, it’s full of amazing ideas, even more than Inception, done on a grander scale, which might be just a bit outside of Nolan’s purview. Still a pretty good film.)

As for the rest of the weekend, there were a lot of return successes – at the top of which was Gone Girl’s jump up a spot in the rankings. With October’s books closed, it’s interesting to see more frequent releases mixed in with long term releases like Fury and Alexander and the No Good, Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. 2014 continues to look weak on paper, which means 2015 has to deliver huge to make Hollywood look profitable again. For now though, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the last couple frames of the year, as well as the first light of 2015. You’re going to want to keep it here, as we’ll be on the front lines of multiplex, as well as the bar!