Global Box Office: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Rockets to $80M Overseas

Interstellar Art - H 2014
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That puts the movie's worldwide debut at $132.2 million; 'Gone Girl' crosses the $300 million mark

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar blasted off to $80 million internationally from 62 markets for a worldwide debut of $132.2 million.

Interstellar's foreign performance is on par with Gravity, no small feat considering its running time of 169 minutes, compared to 90 minutes for Gravity.

The space epic easily topped the foreign chart, although it lost the North American race to Disney's animated tentpole, Big Hero 6, the latest tentpole from Disney Animation Studios, home of blockbuster Frozen. Both films cost a hefty $165 million to make.

Big Hero 6, which is rolling out slowly internationally, grossed $7.6 million from 17 markets for an early foreign total of $23 million and worldwide cume of $79.2 million (it opened two weeks earlier in Russia).

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Interstellar opened in virtually every country around the globe, save for for China (Nov. 12), Japan (Nov. 22) and Venezuela (Dec. 5). Warner Bros. and Paramount partnered on the $165 million space opus, with Warners handling international duties.

The $132.2 million launch includes a five-day North American total of $52.2 million. For the weekend itself, Interstellar took in an estimated $50 million domestically to come in behind Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million).

The movie's length is no doubt hurting the bottom line, but a wide berth in Imax is providing a boost. Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts trying to save the human race, with the ensemble cast also including Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

Imax theaters turned in $20.6 million globally, the best showing of any November release. Internationally, Imax theaters grossed $7.2 million, the best opening of all time for a 2D title.

Overall, Korea led with a massive $14.1 million, followed by $8.4 million in the U.K., $8.1 million in Russia and $5 million in France.

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Elsewhere, David Fincher's Gone Girl jumped the $300 million mark at the global box office. The Fox 2000 film has now earned $158.3 million internationally and $145.4 million domestically.

Universal celebrated two milestones as The Boxtrolls crossed the $100 million mark worldwide, becoming the top Laika title of all time, not accounting for inflation, and Dracula Untold crossed $200 million, finishing Sunday with a global total of $202.6 million, including $147.7 million overseas.

Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m. Updated with full international numbers.