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Dim-witted friends Harry and Lloyd are back in a big way after a 20-year hiatus.
Universal and Red Granite’s Dumb and Dumber To topped the Friday box office with $14.2 million, putting the PG-13 comedy on course for a $36 million-$38 million debut in North America, enough to beat holdovers Big Hero 6 and Interstellar. On Friday, it looked like the sequel could even hit $40 million, but projections slowed as the evening wore on.
Dumb and Dumber To reunites original directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly along with stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The story follows the lifelong friends as they search for Lloyd’s daughter in hopes that she can give him a kidney. Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin and Kathleen Turner also star in the sequel, which earned a not-so-good B- CinemaScore.
Disney’s Big Hero 6 could earn as much as $34 million in its second weekend, pushing its domestic total past $100 million. That’s a decline of 40 percent, similar to the hold that Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is enjoying in its second outing.
Interstelllar is pacing to take in $28 million-plus to come in No. 3. Worldwide, the Paramount and Warner Bros. title has crossed the $200 million mark, including an international total of $135.5 million through Thursday.
After Dumber and Dumber To, this weekend’s only other new nationwide offering is Beyond the Lights. The romance drama grossed $2.3 million Friday for a $7 million debut, somewhat less than expected, although it did earn an A CinemaScore.
Beyond the Lights tells the story of a Rihanna-like singer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on the rise who falls for a cop (Nate Parker) after he saves her from a suicide attempt. The $7 million film is from Relativity, Undisputed Cinema and Homegrown Pictures in association with BET Films.
Written and directed by The Secret Life of Bees helmer Gina Prince-Bythewood, the PG-13 title is the first movie to come out of Relativity’s new multicultural division and is opening in 1,750 theaters. It also stars Minnie Driver, Richard Colson Baker and Danny Glover.
The specialty box office sees a flurry of action as awards season heats up, including the limited debut of Sony Pictures Classics’ wrestling drama Foxcatcher, from director Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum; Open Road’s Rosewater, marking Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut; and Saban Films and Roadside’s The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones.
Foxcatcher appears to be faring the best and could finish the weekend with a theater average of $40,000 or better from six locations.
Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. Updated with weekend projections.
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