Big Hero 6 Earns Big Bucks at the Box Office
All that Academy attention appears to have helped push the 2015 Best Animated Film Big Hero 6 across the finish line to become the number one animated movie of 2014 with more than $621 million in earnings worldwide.
With $221 million earned at home and more than $400 million internationally, the film moved past How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Lego Movie. In China, the pillowy hero Baymax and his human friend have surpassed even Frozen, making it that country’s highest grossing animation from Disney or Pixar. And on the global scale, Big Hero 6 recently jumped over Tangled to make it Disney’s third biggest animation release ever behind Frozen and The Lion King.
The announcement of the film’s latest financial success may increase the rumors of a sequel. A month ago the film’s directors Chris Williams and Don Hall reportedly hadn’t had time to seriously consider a second action adventure for Baymax and the young tech-savvy Hiro Hamada. However company executive John Lasseter believes the directors should be the driving force behind a sequel.
In a Variety interview, Williams is quoted as saying, “If it’s not a great story, it won’t be a great movie. The crew deserves a great story. And we have expectations from the audience, who grew up with Disney animation. They deserve a great story too.”
However, with a growing fan base eager for another adventure with Baymax and Hiro, Williams and Hall may be ready to consider a sequel.