Weekend Box Office: “Dumb and Dumber To” Tops with 38M Debut

"Dumb and Dumber To" (2014) - Weekend Box Office 11-14-14 - We Live Film

“Dumb and Dumber To” Brings Carrey, Daniels Back on Top

by Matt Marshall

It’s been two decades since Dumb and Dumber, but that hasn’t stopped its sequel from taking the top spot this weekend. Dumb and Dumber To opened to an estimated $38.1 million. The 1994 film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels opened to $16.4 million. Today that would translate to $31 million.

Last week’s champ Big Hero 6 dipped to second with $36 million. The animated Disney film has pulled in $112 million in 10 days. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar claimed third place. With another $29.2 million in its sophomore frame, Interstellar closes in on the century mark with $97.8 million.

Newcomer Beyond the Lights debuted in fourth place with $6.5 million. Gone Girl rounded the top 5 in its seventh frame with $4.6 million. The David Fincher film passed $150 million on Saturday in 44 days.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Dumb and Dumber To (NR)
$38.1 million / $38.1 million total

It’s been over a decade since a live-action Jim Carrey film opened over $30 million. By revisiting his 1994 hit Dumb and Dumber, Carrey has stuck his biggest opening since smash-hit Bruce Almighty. Despite negative reviews, a $38.1 million opening was enough to edge out Disney’s Big Hero 6. The sequel also doubled the opening weekend of 1994 film. Just don’t expect Dumb and Dumber To to match its legs. With Horrible Bosses 2 set for November 26, Dumb and Dumber To should surpass $100 million, but not much more.

#2 – Big Hero 6 (1)
$36.0 million / $111.7 million total

Making room for newcomer Dumb and Dumber To, last week’s champ Big Hero 6 dropped to second with $36 million. Nearing $112 million in 10 days, Big Hero 6 continues its already impressive run. Its second weekend outperformed both Frozen ($31.6 million) and Wreck-It Ralph (33.0 million). Baymax and company are still on track for over $200 milllion. That is unless Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar steal too much of the Big Hero 6 crowd.

#3 – Interstellar (2)
$29.2 million / $97.8 million total

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar continued to outperform last week’s animated champ Big Hero 6 mid-week. But with younger audiences not in school, the sci-fi drama settled for third in its second frame. Down 39% from last weekend, Interstellar pulled in another $29.2 million. Still, Interstellar dropped softer like Inception rather than the 50% drops of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Losing screens next weekend to Mockingjay won’t help its shot at $200 million. $150-175 million is more probable.

#4 – Beyond the Lights (NR)
$6.5 million / $6.5 million total

Despite positive reviews, Beyond the Lights debuted to a mere $6.5 million over the weekend. Opening in just over 1700 theaters, Lights saw just little more per-theater traffic than fifth place Gone Girl. Narrowly targeted, Beyond the Lights is expected to have a short stay on the top charts, making room for Mockingjay in just a few days.

#5 –Gone Girl (3)
$4.6 million / $152.7 million total

Director David Fincher can celebrate this weekend. For the first time in his career, he has a film grossing over $150 million domestically. Still in the top 5, Gone Girl continues to chug along its seventh frame with $4.6 million. A 25% dip this weekend sets the thriller on course for at least $160 million. Gone Girl’s final cume could end up even higher depending on how it fares during awards season.

Opening Next Week: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Source: Box Office Mojo

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