‘Big Hero 6′ Drops to 2nd in U.S., ‘Penguins’ Opens 2nd in China


In its sophomore frame, Big Hero 6 surrendered its position atop the American box office to Dumb and Dumber To. Nevertheless the Disney feature raked in a robust $36 million (estimated), easing just 35.9%, similar to Wreck-It Ralph’s 32.7% second weekend drop, and a much better hold than the second frames of Frozen (-53.1%) and Tangled

Big Hero 6 has grossed $111.7 million in two U.S. weeks. It also added $11.9 million internationally, lifting its foreign total to $36.7M. Global gross stands at $148.4 million.

Meanwhile DreamWorks launched Penguins of Madagascar in its first territory: China. The film earned $11.3 million, good for second place behind Interstellar. The debut trails the 2014 Chinese launches of both Rio 2 ($13M) and Despicable Me 2 ($15.4M), and it also pales in comparison to the $26.3 million launch of How to Train Your Dragon 2 in China. It did, however, top the $7.9 million debut of DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

  • WarriorMermaids

    … How did Dumb and Dumber To do well at the box office? Sequels released so long after the previous movie rarely make much. I expected BH6 to hold top one more weekend for lack of competition, but, whatever.

    • James VanDam

      Stupid people, the answer is stupid people. I don’t really get how “Dumb and Dumber To” did so well, as well. I really thought people had better taste in movies.

      • John A

        I can assure you, people have terrible taste in movies. POM looks awful, but I guarantee people will come to see it.

        • James VanDam

          I don’t know POM looks like it might actually be pretty good. Or at the very least amusing enough to warrant a watch.

      • http://cinimated.com Ant G

        They’re making a Joe Dirt sequel next. I love David Spade as Emperor Kuzco, but why.

  • Tim Tran

    What happened? I thought Chinese love DreamWorks???

  • otterhead

    What plot hole are you referencing?

  • Funkybat

    I’m quite surprised that “Dumb and Dumber 2″ did as well as it did, even if it does drop off due to bad word of mouth in the coming weeks. I mean, when was the last truly hilarious Farrely Brothers movie? I think of films like Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber as 90s nostalgia. I was NOT surprised to see the audience was both overwhelmingly male and over 25. The name “Farrely Bros.” probably draws blank stares from most people under 25.

    As for Big Hero 6, it was a very good film, more entertaining than Frozen for sure, but it will not make more money. Frozen had a couple of “hooks” that, while ineffective on me, seemed to make it the biggest thing since the Lion King to many members of the general public. BH6 is appealing to comic book superhero fans, otaku and people who like kid-friendly action in general. A wide enough audience, but not enough to make it a 400 million dollar monster.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    With the many strike outs at the box office for DreamWorks, not feeling confident for the Penguins of Madagascar.