‘Book of Life’ Earns $10 Mil in U.S., ‘Big Hero 6′ Almost $5 Mil in Russia


The Book of Life scored $10 million in its second weekend, which was good for 5th place at the U.S. box office. The film has earned $30.2 million in its first two weeks. (For comparison, the similarly mid-range feature The Boxtrolls earned $32.1 million after two weeks.) Internationally, Book of Life earned $7.8 million, boosting its foreign total to $18 million. Its global total is currently $48.2 million.

Meanwhile Disney’s Big Hero 6 launched with $5 million from its first two territories, Russia and Ukraine. Most of that amount—$4.8 million to be exact—came from Russia. It’s a promising international opening, especially considering that the film opened in Russia on a Saturday and didn’t screen the full weekend period.

Laika’s The Boxtrolls managed just $929,838 from U.S. theaters in its fifth weekend. The film has earned $47.6 million at the domestic box office, and its global gross stands at $89.1 million. Each Laika film has now earned less than its predecessors.

Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya expanded to 20 theaters in the U.S., earning $65,052 for a $3,253 per-theater average. Kaguya is peforming better in a 20-plus theater release than any prior GKIDS film except for From Up on Poppy Hill.

  • James VanDam

    Good for them I’m hopeful that Reel Fx can become another animation power house.

    • Book of Nope

      Another animation powerhouse built on the backs of overworked and underpaid artists.

    • Le sigh

      “Good for them”? With that second weekend, it looks like Book of Life won’t even do as well as Free Birds. That is not the path to being an animation powerhouse.

  • Ravlic

    Well, over here it will be in April. I’m as confused as you are.

  • Tim Tran

    before Mockingjay, it gotta get past Interstellar first.

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

    To hear that Laika is making less than its predecessors for their films seems worrisome. I am sure Laika will continue to produce and not have fear, and I do hope they create something that will push past their previous efforts.

    Big Hero 6 will have a challenge with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, though I feel either one can come up on top for that weekend.

    • Nicky

      Boxtrolls, while a good film, wasn’t as strong as their other films. It felt rushed and the pacing was awkward.

  • Funkybat

    It’s kind of weird to think that a country in the middle of a civil war got to see a new Disney film before we did here in the U.S.

  • Nicky

    This film did better than I thought. I honestly thought people were going to tear it apart but it’s doing well in the US. Now hopefully, it’ll do well in other countries.