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Box office: ‘Interstellar’ launches ticket sales to the cosmos Friday

Interstellar
From left, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and David Gyasi in the movie “Interstellar.”
(Melinda Sue Gordon / Paramount Pictures)

It’s space travel vs. robots at this weekend’s box office, and so far, the astronauts are winning.

Director Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is off to a strong start, earning an estimated $17 million in ticket sales at the box office Friday. The sci-fi picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway follows pioneering astronauts as they search for inhabitable worlds beyond our own blighted planet.

Co-financed by Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros., the picture had grossed about $4.9 million through Thursday, which includes nearly $1.4 million from Tuesday evening through Wednesday at select locations.

Disney’s animated sci-fi family film, “Big Hero 6,” opened wide Friday at $15.83 million but is expected to surpass “Interstellar” over the weekend. The action-comedy, about a robotics genius and his unconventional creation, cost about $165 million to make and is expected to take in about $60 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday.

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Based on a Marvel comic, the film was directed by Disney veterans Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”). It grossed a studio-estimated $1.4 million in ticket sales from preview shows on Thursday. 

That’s more than the $1.2 million Disney’s computer-animated musical “Frozen” unlocked from Tuesday previews ahead its pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday opening last year. 

Universal’s creepy “Ouija” scared an estimated $1.9 million out of audiences Friday, besting director Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” which earned a little over $1.69 million. Fox’s “Gone Girl” came in at around $1.86 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.

Twitter: @LorraineAli

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