“Dumb and Dumber To” has out-grossed the competition in more than one way.
Universal’s sequel dominated the box office on Friday, opening to a solid $14.2 million in the U.S. The comedy also looks to win the weekend with $36 million-plus, but is in a neck-and-neck race with last week’s champ, “Big Hero 6,” which is headed for $34 million-plus. Friday projections for “Dumb and Dumber To” fell short as they had indicated that the pic could earn as much as $40 million.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which comes two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ “Dumb and Dumber” hasn’t fared as well with critics, earning a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel is sure to overtake the original pic, which opened to $16.4 million. But its overall haul will be tough to beat as “Dumb and Dumber” made $127.2 million ($247.3 million worldwide).
The Farrelly brothers’ comedy debuts at a time when the market is saturated with adult dramas. Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops,” which has grossed $82.2 million ($120.2 million worldwide) since opening in mid-August, was the last wide-release comedy targeting adults. While the raunchy cop comedy was rated R, “Dumb and Dumber To” will reach a wider demographic with a PG-13 rating.
Disney’s “Big Hero 6” earned $8 million on Friday, landing in third just behind “Interstellar.” The animated action-comedy looks to double that figure on Saturday to haul $34 million-plus and jump up to second place by Sunday. That would raise its cume to an estimated $110 million.
Also in its second weekend, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was runner-up on Friday with $8.3 million. Despite its strong Friday showing, the sci-fi epic is headed for a $29 million weekend, giving it a third place finish overall.
This marks a 40% decline and would raise the Paramount pic’s cume to north of $97 million in its first 12 days.
“Interstellar” has also been taking off in foreign markets, having earned $14.1 million on Thursday to boost its international cume to $135.5 million, which is on par with “Inception” and “Gravity.”
Newcomer “Beyond the Lights” launched to fourth on Friday with $2.3 million. It’s on pace for a $7 million weekend. Relativity’s romancer, which carries a small $7 million budget, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. The film earned an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Gone Girl” rounded out the top five with $1.4 million. The Fox thriller looks to finish its seventh weekend with $4.5 million. The Ben Affleck starrer will have hauled more than $152 million by Sunday, making it the year’s 13th highest-grossing film.