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'Interstellar' And The Highest-Grossing Movie Openings That Didn't Make No. 1

'Interstellar' And The Highest-Grossing Movie Openings That Didn't Make No. 1

Last weekend, Christopher Nolan’s latest epic "Interstellar" took in a solid $47,510,360 opening. On many weekends, that number could have easily made the film No. 1 at the box office.

However, Nolan’s exploration of deep space had strong competition from Walt Disney Co’s (NYSE: DIS) animated "Big Hero 6," which is based -- like the hugely successful "Guardians of the Galaxy" -- on a relatively obscure Marvel storyline. Disney’s latest took in $56,215,889 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

After the results of last weekend’s box office brawl, "Interstellar" officially has the 13th-highest opening that did not result in a No. 1 spot. For some context, here are the top 10 films in this eccentric category. Data was complied via Box Office Mojo.

Related Link: Paramount's 'Interstellar' Tops Global Weekend Box Office

Big Openings, But No Coveted No. 1 Spot

Note: Unless otherwise noted, grosses are from the first weekend of a film’s release.

1. 'The Day After Tomorrow'

The weekend of May 28, 2004, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s (NASDAQ: FOX) "The Day After Tomorrow" made $68,743,584, less than the $72,170,363 second weekend take of DreamWorks Animation Skg Inc’s (NASDAQ: DWA) "Shrek 2."

2. 'Frozen'

The weekend of November 27, 2013, Disney’s animated hit "Frozen," which went on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, made $67,391,326, less than the $158,074,286 Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA)’s (NYSE: LGF) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" took, also in its opening weekend.

3. 'World War Z'

The weekend of June 21, 2013, Paramount’s "World War Z" made $66,411,834, less than the $82,429,469 made by Disney-Pixar’s "Monsters University."

4. 'Sherlock Holmes'

The weekend of December 25, 2009, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc’s (owned by Time Warner Inc. [NYSE: TWX]) "Sherlock Holmes" made $62,304,277, less than the second weekend take of $75,617,183 made by James Cameron’s "Avatar," the highest grossing film of all time.

5. 'Prometheus'

Fox and Ridley Scott's pseudo-prequel to "Alien," "Prometheus," opened to $51,050,101 on the weekend of June 8, 2012, less than the $60,316,738 taken by DreamWorks' "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted."

6. 'Wanted'

The weekend of June 27, 2008, Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA)-owned Universal’s "Wanted" opened to $50,927,085, less than the $63,087,526 taken by Disney-Pixar’s "WALL-E."

7. 'The Great Gatsby'

Warner Brothers’ and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" opened to $50,085,185 the weekend of May 10, 2013, less than the $72,525,615 that Disney/Marvel's "Iron Man 3" brought in during its second weekend.

8. 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Earlier this summer, during the weekend of June 13, 2014, Fox’s "How to Train Your Dragon 2" opened to $49,451,322, less than the $57,071,445 that Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) "22 Jump Street," another sequel, grossed.

9. 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'

The weekend of December 25, 2009, Fox’s "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" opened to $48,875,415, less than both the $75,617,183 made by "Avatar" in its second weekend and the $62,304,277 by "Sherlock Holmes" in its first.

10. 'Tangled'

Finally, the weekend of November 24, 2010, Disney’s "Tangled" opened to $48,767,052, not very much less than the $49,087,101 that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I," grossed in its second weekend.

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