It’s official: Jim Carrey is back. Universal/Red Granite’s Dumb and Dumber To took No. 1 this weekend with $36.1M, outpacing Disney’s Big Hero 6 which settled for second with $34.66M, off 38% in its second weekend. Word of mouth late Saturday night was that Big Hero 6 could rally the weekend, particularly in how the superhero robot film kicked the Dummies’ butt on Saturday ($16.4m to $13.9M) and on Sunday ($10.27M to $7.96M), however, DDT’s caffeinated Friday made all the difference in beating BH6 (respective Friday B.O. figures were $14.2M to $8M).
This is truly — and without sounding puffy — something to clap about: Universal and Red Granite Pictures took a 20-year old film property, a project that wasn’t a sci-fi film or a superhero franchise, rather a gross-out comedy, and made a sequel with the film’s original stars and directors. When a film property is that old, a studio typically won’t even bother to make a sequel, but a reboot, read MGM’s 2006 rendition of classic ’70s series The Pink Panther with Steve Martin ($20.2M opening, $82.2M domestic final). Look no further than Sony’s upcoming femme reboot of Ghostbusters and Warner Bros./New Line’s upcoming Vacation with Ed Helms (which, YES, commenters is sorta-kinda like a sequel because Chevy Chase makes a cameo). If anything, the opening for Dumb and Dumber To, should put fuel in the tank for Mike Myers to get Austin Powers 4 fast-tracked, and to enable studios chiefs to get a pulse on their cult comedies to determine what projects could still work, decades later with a millennial crowd. For Carrey, this his is best live-action opening since 2003’s Bruce Almighty grossed $68 million during the FSS of the Memorial Day holiday. The sequel’s bow even outstripped the bows of such legendary Carrey comedies including 1997’s Liar, Liar ($31.4M); The Truman Show ($31.5M), but come in under gross-out sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ($37.8M), which was released a year after the 1994 original. We’ll see how much air Katniss Everdeen lets out of the dummies’ bicycle tires next week when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 unspool at 4,000 engagements, and whether that B- Cinemascore will trip up DDT. What’s for certain — is that the holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint for Disney’s BH6, since it’s family fare. Otherwise, solid holds for both Interstellar and BH6 with respective holds of -38% and -40%; truly nothing to cry about in this competitive season. That’s less than the standard -50% or even -60% hit a big pic typically takes in its second frame. This weekend B.O. was up 10% from a year ago, grossing $139.9M, but off 11% from last weekend according to Rentrak. For the frame of Jan. 1-Nov. 16, 2014, annual B.O. is at $8.94B, off 3.6% from the same period last year. Next weekend could make all the difference in pulling ahead with THGM1. Also on the calendar for next weekend: the documentary Happy Valley (Music Box), The King and the Mockingbird (Rialto), Sleepwalker (IFC) and V/H/S: Viral (Magnolia).
Other highlights: In addition to BH6 busting past the century mark, Dylan O’Brien added a $100 million grossing film to his resume with Fox’s The Maze Runner.
Below is the weekend B.O. actuals report for Nov. 14-16, 2014 per Rentrak:
1). Dumb and Dumber To (UNI), 3,154 theaters / 3-day cume: $36.1M/$11,450 average / Wk 1
2). Big Hero 6 (DIS), 3,773 theaters (+12) /3-day cume: $34.66M (-38%)/$9,187 average/ Total Cume: $110.3M /Wk 2
3). Interstellar (PAR), 3,561 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $28.3M (-40%) /$7,949 average/ Total cume: $96.9M / Wk 2
4). Beyond the Lights (REL), 1,789 theaters / 3-day cume: $6.2M/$3,466 average / Wk 1
5). Gone Girl (FOX), 1,959 theaters (-265) 3-day cume: $4.56M (-27%)/$2,328 average/ Total cume: $152.6M / Wk 7
6). St. Vincent (TWC), 2,332 theaters (-123) /3-day cume: $3.768M (-30%)/ $1,616 average/Total cume: $33M / Wk 6
7). Fury (SONY), 2,382 theaters (-452) / $1.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.761M (-33%) /$1,579 average/ Total cume: $75.89M / Wk 5
8). Ouija (UNI), 2,382 theaters (-298) / 3-day cume: $2.965M (-49%)/ $1,245 average/Total cume: $48.0 M / Wk 4
9). Nightcrawler (OPRD), 2,103 theaters (-663) /3-day cume: $2.9M (-46%)/$1,387 average/ Total cume: $24.879M / Wk 3
10). Birdman (FSL), 857 theaters (+397) /3-day cume: $2.47M (+7%) /$2,884 average/ Total cume: $11.596M /Wk 5
11). John Wick (LG), 1,758 theaters (-394) /3-day cume: $2.2M (-46%)/$1,265 average/ Total cume: $38.9M / Wk 4
12). Alexander And The Terrible… (DIS), 1,633 theaters (-748) /3-day cume: $1.6M (-54%) /$989 average/ Total cume: $62.4M /Wk 6
13).Rosewater (OPRD), 371 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.154M/ $3,111 average/Wk 1
14). The Judge (WB), 803 theaters (-412) /3-day cume: $1.05M (-40%)/$1,312 average/ Total cume: $44.3M / Wk 6
15). Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (SG), 410 theaters/3-day cume: $992K/ $2,420 average/Total cume: $992K /Wk 1
16). The Book of Life (Fox), 1,006 theaters (-1,160) /3-day cume: $964K (-65%)/ $958 average/Total cume: $47.4M / Wk 5
17). The Theory of Everything (Focus), 41 theaters (+36) /3-day cume: $735K (+252%) /$17,937 average/ Total cume: $1.03M /Wk 2
18). Whiplash (SPC), 419 theaters (+331) /3-day cume: $730K (+127%)/ $1,718 average/Total cume: $2.4M / Wk 6
19). The Best of Me (REL), 722 theaters (-388) /3-day cume: $693K (-51%) /$959 average/ Total cume: $25.7M /Wk 5
20). The Maze Runner (FOX), 524 theaters (-488) /3-day cume: $633k (-49%) /$1,208 average/ Total cume: $100.06M /Wk 9
Hearty averages and starts for Foxcatcher and The Homesman, as well as for Rosewater. Birdman flew in the top 10 — it smells like awards season with all these healthy arthouse platforms.
24.).Foxcatcher (SPC), 6 theaters / 3-day cume: $271K/$45,146 average/Wk 1
41.).The Homesman (RA), 4 theaters / 3-day cume: $45K ($11,358 average)/Wk 1