Logic tells you that it should have been predictable, but it still came as a bit of a shock. Christopher Nolan and “Interstellar” were not #1 at the domestic box office this weekend–the first time that’s happened since “Insomnia” in 2002. Now, being that 3 of the 5 films Mr. Nolan released in those twelve years were part of the “Batman” franchise, it may not be fair to judge him based solely on that standard. Afterall, “Interstellar” only lost by a hair, with a 52 million dollar take for its domestic run last week. The family friendly “Big Hero 6”, part of that seemingly unstoppable Disney-machine, pulled in around 56 million–but in a smaller time frame (both officially opened last Friday, but “Interstellar” started an IMAX run two days earlier). But any way you spin it, the movie-going public is simply unaccustomed to seeing Chris Nolan playing 2nd fiddle.
I did experience “Interstellar” in IMAX this past weekend, and I promise to supply a full review later in the week. Having seen it, I can tell you that I fully understand the polarization of the “Interstellar” audience, and why it’s obvious that “Big Hero 6” is definitely easier, quite likely simpler, and more popular (so far). But does that make it better? The jury is still out, but at least the Metacritic review aggregate for the films is roughly the same. I can hazard a guess as to which is the more ambitious project, but being that I haven’t seen “Big Hero 6” yet–that wouldn’t be accurate or fair. For now, I’d simply like to throw some support Christopher Nolan’s way, as he heads to a corner to lick his wounds for the first time in a very long time!