‘Interstellar’ Blasts Off With $1.5 Million in Limited Box Office Opening

Christopher Nolan‘s space epic launches on IMAX screens and in 35mm, 70mm film showings

Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar” will bring in an estimated $1.5 million from special IMAX and 70mm and 35mm film screenings Tuesday night and Wednesday.

That’s a fast start for Paramount’s space saga starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. The special screenings were the idea of director Nolan, an outspoken advocate for film in an era in which digital shoots and projection are the rule. Nolan shot “Interstellar” with both 35mm anamorphic film and, as he did on the “The Dark Knight” movies, 65mm IMAX film.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, “Interstellar” screened in 77 markets on 41 IMAX screens, 10 in 70 millimeter film and 189 in 35 millimeter. By Friday, it will be in roughly 3,500 theaters nationwide, 369 of which will be IMAX.

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“Interstellar” is getting the jump on what is expected to be a close race at the box office this weekend, with Disney’s animated “Big Hero 6” opening Friday. Paramount, which is distributing the film domestically, projects a three-day total in the $55 million range and just under $58 million from Tuesday through Sunday for “Interstellar.”