Box Office: 'Dumb and Dumber To' Laughs Past 'Big Hero 6' With $38.1M

Dumb and Dumber To Still 2 - H 2014
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Dumb and Dumber To Still 2 - H 2014

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' Dumb and Dumber To laughed its way to an estimated $38.1 million debut at the North American box office, enough to edge out strong holdover Big Hero 6.

Opening 20 years after the original, the surprisingly strong performance of the PG-13 comedy is a needed win for Carrey, as well as another feather in the cap for Daniels, star of HBO's The Newsroom. Red Granite Pictures fully financed the sequel after Warner Bros. put the sequel into turnaround, with Universal handling distribution and marketing duties.

Dumb and Dumber To reunites original directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly with Carrey and Daniels, aka, Lloyd and Harry. The story follows the dim-witted 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 movie, which earned a B- CinemaScore.

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Dumb and Dumber To, costing under $40 million to make, may have had the last laugh, but both Disney's Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar enjoyed nice holds in their second weekend.

Big Hero 6 fell 36 percent to $36 million from 3,773 locations for a domestic total of $111.7 million and early worldwide haul of $148.4 million. Many rival studios have Dumb and Dumber To ending up much closer to Big Hero 6; the final verdict won't be known until official weekend numbers are released Monday morning.

Placing No. 2 domestically for the weekend, Big Hero 6 has helped propel Disney past the $4 billion mark in global ticket sales for only the second time in its history.

From Paramount and Warner Bros., Interstellar came in No. 3, declining a slim 39 percent to $29.2 million from 3,561 theaters for a domestic total of $97.8 million (all eyes were on the movie to see how much it would fall). Globally, the space epic has zoomed past the $300 million mark to finish Sunday with $321.9 million in ticket sales.

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Dumb and Dumber To — the first studio comedy in the marketplace since late August — played surprisingly young (43 percent of the audience was under the age of 25), as well as to an ethnically diverse audience, with Caucasians (44 percent) and Hispanics (38 percent) dominating. Overall, the pic skewed male (55 percent).

The movie marks Carrey's biggest live-action opening since Bruce Almighty more than a decade ago ($70 million), as well as Daniels' highest ever, not accounting for inflation.

"Dumb and Dumber was a beloved film on home entertainment, and people wanted to be entertained. It's escapism," said Universal distribution chief Nikki Rocco.

Overseas, Dumb and Dumber To debuted in its first four markets, earning $3.2 million, led by Germany with $1.4 million.

After Dumber and Dumber To, this weekend's only other new nationwide offering in the U.S. was Beyond the Lights. The romance drama grossed roughly $6.5 million from 1,789 locations, 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. It also stars Minnie Driver, Richard Colson Baker and Danny Glover.

The specialty box office saw a flurry of new openings as awards season heats up. Sony Pictures Classics' wrestling drama Foxcatcher, from director Bennett Miller and starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, fared the best by far, grossing $288,113 from six theaters for a theater average of $48,019, one of the best showings of the year.

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Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, starring Jones opposite Hilary Swank, opened to $48,033 from four theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a location average of $12,033, a solid showing for a Western-themed film. Roadside Attractions and Saban Films are partners on the film.

Open Road's Rosewater, marking Jon Stewart's directorial debut, struggled in its debut, grossing $1.2 million from 371 runs.

Among holdovers, Fox Searchlight's Birdman cracked the top 10 as it made another major expansion, grossing $2.5 million from only 857 theaters for a cume of $11.6 million.

Here are the estimated top 10 films for the weekend of Nov. 14-16 at the domestic box office:

Title, Weeks in Release/Theater Count, Studio, Weekend Total, Percentage Change, Cume

1. Dumb and Dumber To, 1/3,154, Universal/Red Granite Pictures, $38.1 million

2. Big Hero 6, 2/3,773, Disney, $36 million, -36%, $111.7 million

3. Interstellar, 2/3,561, Paramount/Warner Bros., $29.2 million, -39%, $97.8 million

4. Beyond the Lights, 1/1,789, Relativity, $6.5 million

5. Gone Girl, 7/1,959, Fox/New Regency, $4.7 million, -25%, $152.7 million

6. St. Vincent, 6/2,332, The Weinstein Co., $4 million, -26%, $33.3 million

7. Fury, 5/2,382, Sony/QED, $3.8 million, -32%, $75.9 million

8. Nightcrawler, 3/2,103, Open Road Films, $3.03 million, -43%, $25 million

9. Ouija, 4/2,382, Universal, $3.02 million, -48%, $48.1 million

10. Birdman, 5/857, Fox Searchlight/New Regency, $2.5 million, +6%, $11.6 million

Nov. 16, 9:45 a.m. Updated with Interstellar global numbers.