Can you put a price tag on nostalgia? Of course you can! Especially when it comes pre-packaged as a long-gestating movie sequel that requires a ticket for entry. The Farrelly brothers’ Dumb And Dumber To finally opened in theaters this weekend, nearly twenty years after the siblings’ first tale of idiots gone wild hit the big screen in December of 1994. Dumb And Dumber easily won that weekend, pulling in $16.3 million—almost double the box office take of its closest competitor, The Santa Clause—and while its sequel didn’t exhibit such a high margin of success, Dumb And Dumber To is still the box office’s best performer of the weekend. Soup of the day for everyone!
Dumb And Dumber To made just over $38 million in its first weekend, and although second place winner Big Hero 6 nipped at its heels with $36 million in ticket sales, the return of Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) is still a box office topper. Who needs a brain?
Big Hero 6 remained strong in its second week, easily passing the $100 million mark in domestic returns. With the addition of international sales, the film should exceed its $165 million budget within the next week. Now when is Disney going to announce a sequel to its newest—and best!—cuddly robot delivery service?
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is still zooming right along, grabbing the number three spot with $29 million, and agonizingly edging up against $100 million in domestic returns. Nolan’s film has made $97.8 million in the U.S., but massive international sales—nearly $225 million—have pushed it well past the $300 million mark.
The week’s only other wide opener, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond The Lights only opened in 1,789 theaters (the top three all screened in over 3,000 theaters, for reference), but it still managed to grab the number four spot. With $6.5 million, the film is actually Prince-Bythewood’s weakest opener ever—her Love & Basketball made over $8 million in its first weekend in 2000, and her follow-up, The Secret Life Of Bees, made over $10.5 million in its opening weekend in 2008. Still, this latest film will likely have legs, and strong word of mouth should help drive it.
As far as limited openings, Jon Stewart’s fact-based Rosewater made $1.2 million in just 371 theaters, while the Kirk Cameron-starring Saving Christmas made just over $1 million in 410 theaters. Hey, there’s something for everyone!
Oscar contender Foxcatcher finally made its limited debut, opening in just six theaters. Still, it performed well enough to best all other movies in per-theater average, making $288,000 for a $48,000 average. The film will continue to expand over the coming weeks, and big buzz should keep it pushing forward.