Hong Kong — “Interstellar” topped the Chinese box office with big numbers for the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller. But honors also went to Johnnie To’s romantic comedy sequel “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2,” and to “The Penguins of Madagascar.”
Over its five day Wednesday to Sunday trajectory “Interstellar” clocked up $42.3 million from 7.14 million admissions, according to data from local agency Ent Group.
Warner Bros.’ confirmed figures for the film’s five day run were Rmb 255.05m ($41.7m) from 7,743 screens. The studio said that put the film 144% ahead of director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” and 4% ahead of “The Dark Knight Rises.” It was also Warner’s all time highest opening 2D title in China and its second biggest opening weekend of all time behind “Pacific Rim” which played in 3D.
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar” were both examples of counter-programming, with the Hong Kong comedy »
- Patrick Frater
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the esteemed director confirmed that the creative team made the conscious decision to mix the sound in a specific way in order to impose a sense of realism on the space-faring adventure.
“I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue,” he said. “Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal… picture and sound.”
One scene in particular that seemed to draw the most criticism from moviegoers was the one in which Michael Caine is delivering an important message to Jessica Chastain’s Murph, with the soundtrack overpowering and even drowning out the crucial dialogue. But for Nolan, the ability »
- Michael Briers
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returned to the #1 spot close to 20 years after first portraying Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, as Dumb and Dumber To rode a wave of 1990s nostalgia to take an estimated $38.1 million at the North American box office. That result was slightly above expectations, beating the mid-fall starts of raunchy road trip comedies like Due Date ($32.7 million) and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million). The opening is also slightly below the five-day opening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million from its Wednesday bow).
Dumb and Dumber To was a big question mark heading into the fall season. Although the original film is a big comedy hit and has remained a popular title on cable, had 20 years simply been too long between films? Anchorman 2 proved that despite a lot of fan excitement, a nine-and-a-half year gap is a lot to contend with between movies. So, expectations were more conservative. »
- Jordan Adler
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar had another fantastic weekend at the international box office. Playing in 63 markets, the movie added $107.9 million for an early total of $225.8 million.In China, Interstellar earned $41.7 million over its first five days. That's the second-biggest debut ever for Warner Bros. behind Pacific Rim (which received a boost from 3D pricing). The movie is now virtually guaranteed to earn over $100 million in this market.Interstellar's holdover markets dropped just 21 percent on average, which is a great hold for this kind of release. In South Korea, it was up 11 percent to $15.8 million, which brings its total to a stunning $35.9 million. Within a week, it will be the highest-grossing live-action import since Iron Man 3.The movie also held on to first place in the U.K. ($6 million), Russia ($5.5 million), France ($3.9 million), Germany ($3.8 million), Australia ($3.25 million), Italy ($3.1 million) and Spain ($2 million).So far, Interstellar is tracking 14 percent ahead »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Let’s get some other stuff out of the way first. "Dumb and Dumber To," the 20 years too late sequel to the popular 1994 hit comedy, actually did better than projected, grossing some $38 million followed by "Big Hero 6" in second place "Interstellar," which took a modest 38% drop from last week, held up fairly well for a 3rd place finish this weekend, for a total so far of $97 million. While the film won’t match the box office totals of director Christopher Nolan’s previous "Dark Knight" Batman films and Inception," with a $135 million gross so far over overseas and still counting, "Interstellar" should still do very well for »
Gavin Logan on what’s next for Christopher Nolan…
Last weekend saw the worldwide release of Christopher Nolan’s latest and perhaps one of his most widely anticipated movies to date Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey as a former Nasa pilot turned corn farmer who is tasked with helping to save the human race from extinction. Like most Nolan movies it was met with an explicit reaction and critical dissection from critics and fans alike. The one word that kept popping up in various reviews and opinion pieces was “ambitious”, and I can see why. It’s the perfect way to describe Interstellar.
This isn’t a review (you can read those here and here) so I won’t go into the laborious and intricate details of the movie or why it did or didn’t work for me but one thing is for sure, you can’t go any bigger »
- Gavin Logan
The Farrelly Brothers' 'Dumb and Dumber To' (Universal) sequel was way out front for the day with $14.2 million - nearly six million better than anything else for the day. But with a weak B- Cinemascore, this is expected to be its best day of the weekend (the number includes $1.2 million from Thursday night shows). The challenge for the top spot from "Big Hero 6" (Buena Vista), third for Friday at $8.0 million. With "Dumb and Dumber To" likely to drop lower both days, and "Hero" set to outgross it the rest of the weekend, it could be a close battle for the top spot. Second best for Friday was Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" (Paramount) at $8.3 million. That's down more than fifty per cent from its opening Friday, although the rest of the weekend should drop less. Still, it compares unfavorably to the director's "Inception," which not only opened better »
- Tom Brueggemann
After twenty years, audiences still love Lloyd and Harry. The belated comedy sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" -- which reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as slow-witted pals -- grossed $14.2 million on Friday, significantly ahead of holdovers "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6." The Farrelly Brothers-directed comedy will likely earn around $36 million or so for the weekend. The original film opened to $16.3 million way back in 1994, and went on to earn $127 million domestically. Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" flew to a decent $8.3 million in its second Friday of release, bringing its domestic total to $76.9 million. It will likely earn $28 million or so by Sunday, putting it in range of the $100 million mark. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, the divisive space epic won't come close to the earnings of Nplan's last few films -- including "Inception" and the "Dark Knight" films. Disney's animated "Big Hero 6" continues to play well. It »
- Dave Lewis
“Dumb and Dumber To” has out-grossed the competition in more than one way.
Universal’s sequel dominated the box office on Friday, opening to a solid $14.2 million in the U.S. The comedy also looks to win the weekend with $36 million-plus, but is in a neck-and-neck race with last week’s champ, “Big Hero 6,” which is headed for $34 million-plus. Friday projections for “Dumb and Dumber To” fell short as they had indicated that the pic could earn as much as $40 million.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which comes two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ “Dumb and Dumber” hasn’t fared as well with critics, earning a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel is sure to overtake the original pic, which opened to $16.4 million. But its overall haul will be tough to beat as “Dumb and Dumber” made $127.2 million ($247.3 million worldwide).
The Farrelly brothers’ comedy debuts at a time »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Harry and Lloyd are back in a big way with “Dumb and Dumber To” eyeing an opening weekend between $36 million and $40 million, according to early estimates.
Universal’s comedy is playing at 3,154 locations domestically.
The Farrelly brothers’ “Dumb and Dumber” sequel, replete with gross-out gags, is turning out to be review-proof as moviegoers ignored its 27% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The original “Dumb and Dumber” opened 20 years ago with a $16 million weekend and went on to finish with $127 million in the U.S.
Universal is launching “Dumb and Dumber To” amid an extensive promo campaign into a marketplace that hasn’t seen a wide-release comedy aimed at adults open since Fox launched “Let’s Be Cops,” which has grossed $82 million, in mid-August. »
- Dave McNary
Update, 12:30 Pm: Intersellar continued to rock it in China on Thursday, with Warner Bros reporting it grossed $5M on the day after opening on Wednesday with $5.4M on 7,742 screens. That Day One lift-off gave director Christopher Nolan his biggest opening in the market to date.
Warners said the sci-fi pic has more than 60% of the top-five market share and is outpacing Nolan’s Inception (by 144%) and last year’s Gravity (by 10%) heading into the weekend.
Overall, Interstellar grossed $14.1M in overseas territories Thursday, led by strong showings in Korea and the UK, to bring its international cume to $135.5M.
Previous, Thursday, 11:09 Pm: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar nabbed one of the final Hollywood slots in China this year, bowing on Wednesday in the Middle Kingdom. Warner Bros is reporting a Day One $5.4M lift-off for the sci-fi space oddysey there. After an $89.2M international weekend in its debut frame, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was expected to bring in $50M to $60M this past weekend at the North American box office, bit it fell short of those estimates. It ended up grossing $46.7M; finishing second to Disney's Big Hero 6. Internationally, the film pulled in $83M, which may seem good at a first glance but when you add in the fact that it opened in 63 territories that total isn't very impressive. As an example, Guardians of the Galaxy debuted internationally with $66.4M in 32 territories and Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed $75.2M from 27 territories. Official Synopsis - The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. . Interstellar - Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script »
Hong Kong – “Interstellar” got off to a bright start on its first day of theatrical release in China.
The film clocked up RMB33.3 million ($5.4 million) from 7,742 screens, according to data from Warner Bros.
The figure is also ahead of the opening for “Gravity,” which launched in the same period last year with RMB28.8 million ($4.69 million) and finished at $70.7 million.
Industry watchers in China have estimated “Interstellar” to be capable of grossing RMB500 million-700 million ($81 million-$114 million) in the Middle Kingdom.
- Patrick Frater
If Christopher Nolan is not the most popular, talented, influential or even interesting director working today, then he is certainly the most important.
The release of a Christopher Nolan movie, even one that “underperforms” at the box office like this week’s Interstellar, is by far the most fervently talked about work of art for several news cycles. Even in the face of constant barrages of Taylor Swift headlines, Nolan’s work is intensely debated and scrutinized in a way no other filmmaker receives for even one film, let alone all of them.
In fact, the wild, ranting, nitpick-y plot hole posts that were previously confined to IMDb message boards have this week migrated to real entertainment news sites. This one found 21 things that didn’t make sense about Interstellar, this one made objections to the science and plot on the whole, and this one found only 13. For whatever reason, »
- Brian Welk
The Flickering Myth Podcast goes into outer space…
It’s had fairly mixed reviews across the board, but if there is one thing to say about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is that there is a lot to talk about! On episode #80 of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen is joined by Scott Davis, Rohan Morbey and special guest Martin Deer to talk about the movie and give their thoughts and opinions.
Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
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- Luke Owen
Sure, there's a Christopher Nolan movie that everyone is talking about in the theaters right now (his mind-bending space opera "Interstellar") but that doesn't mean that his earlier films aren't keeping people from scratching their heads. Just watch this amazingly hilarious YouTube video where Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi asks his mom to recount the plot of "Inception," and you'll understand that the confusing Nolan oeuvre pays off dividends years down the line.
Nicolosi's mom gets things hilariously wrong, from the lead actor in the film to a befuddling moment where she discusses a sequence where a bunch of women "wear headbands" - something that is not in the movie at all. There's not much more to it; sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful.
- Drew Taylor
Directed by Christopher Nolan
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Film: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship celluloid. It’s mission: to survive amongst the ever-growing digital age around it, to boldly go where many have gone before, but few venture to anymore. It’s strange to think that the filmmaking that got us to this very point in cinema history is close to extinction, but perhaps not as quickly as some think, especially if the director of Inception, Memento and The Dark Knight Trilogy gets his way. Interstellar, his latest multi-layered, multi-million dollar epic takes us to the »
- Scott J. Davis
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 2nd November 2014…
Interstellar may have failed to top the U.S. box office chart, losing out to Disney’s Big Hero 6, but it had no such competition here in the U.K., with the sci-fi epic debuting in first place with £5,378,220 and giving director Christopher Nolan his fourth-biggest opening on these shores after The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Inception.
Interstellar was the only newcomer to crack the top ten this past weekend, but Mike Leigh’s latest Mr Turner enjoyed a solid second weekend, climbing up to second place from its seventh-placed opening last week and pushing its total gross to £2.6 million, overtaking Vera Drake to give Leigh his highest-grossing film to date.
Number one this time last year: Gravity
1. Interstellar – £5,378,220 weekend (New)
2. Mr Turner – £1,014,433 weekend (2 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Be sure to read an analysis of The Force Awakens, learn what’s wrong with Interstellar nitpicking pieces, read a sobering take on the economics of movie reviews and check out David’s new Youtube page (and his cover of “Time” from Inception). Special guest Matt Singer joins us from ScreenCrush. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and […]
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- David Chen
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, whose title alone in reference to the director’s name equals cinematic moxie, has the makings of a filmmaker putting his direction, vision and ideas to the test, where a running time of 169 minutes set in milieus that rocket from one plane of existence to the titular other — the interstellar, infinite void — becomes a creative challenge, which every director, who thinks as big as Nolan does, at some point in their careers confront.
Blockbuster directors, all of whom auteurs in one way or another, like the late great pioneer Georges Méliès, the aquatically keen James Cameron, the master of lens flares Michael Bay, the attentively adjusted Riddley Scott, the perfectionist Stanley Kubrick, or the wondrously curious Steven Spielberg have all communed with — or taken the trip to — the cosmological land, all with different results.
Most certainly, it is a place not only of sublimity, but, more importantly, »
- Fiman Jafari
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