Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.
Meanwhile Focus Features opened hot awards contender The Theory Of Everything on $207,000 from five sites for a spectacular $41,400 average.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star for director James Marsh in the Stephen and Jane Hawking story.
Big Hero 6 came in top on an estimated $56.2m, while Interstellar came in second on $52.2m over five days, including the first two from a limited special format run.
Imax accounted for $20.6m of the film’s $132m worldwide haul and a remarkable $13.4m from 368 sites in the US for its biggest portion of box office for a first-run release. This was also a November high and a record for an original, non-franchise film.
Fox’s Gone Girl climbed one place to number three to reach $145.4m in its sixth weekend, while last weekend’s champion Ouija from Universal fell a modest 44% and three places to number four.
The Weinsteins withdrew St. Vincent from 97 theatres for 2,455 as the film climbed two places to fifth and stands at $27.4m after five sessions.
Three independents occupy ranks five to seven. Nightcrawler has reached $19.8m after two, Fury $69.3m after four and John Wick $34.7m after three.
Birdmanclimbed one place to number 11 through Fox Searchlight and added $2.3m from 462 after expanding by 231 sites to reach $8.1m after four.
This week’s wide releases are Dumb And Dumber To starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels through Universal and Relativity’s drama Beyond The Lights.
Estimated Top 10 North America Nov 7-9 2014
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Big Hero 6 (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $56.2m –
2 (-) Interstellar (Paramount) Warner Bros Pictures International $50m $52.2m
3 (4) Gone Girl (Fox) Fox International $6.1m $145.4m
4 (1) Ouija (Universal) UPI $6m $43.5m
5 (7) St. Vincent (TWC) TWC International $5.7m $27.4m
6 (2) Nightcrawler (Open Road) Sierra/Affinity $5.5m $19.8m
7 (3) Fury (Sony Pictures) QED International $5.5m $69.3m
8 (6) John Wick (Lionsgate-Summit) Lionsgate $4.1m $34.7m
9 (8) Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $3.5m $59.2m
10 (5) The Book Of Life (Fox) Fox International $2.8m $45.2m