NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.
The $36.1m number one debut from 3,154 theatres — down by $2m from Sunday’s initial estimates — compares favourably with the original’s $16.4m table-topping December 1994 launch via New Line, finishing roughly 30% ahead of that film’s inflation-adjusted $26.3m debut.
Now the question is can Dumb And Dumber To reach the original’s $127.2m final North American gross, which equates to $198.7m in today’s terms.
The other headline of the weekend was SPC’s tremendous launch of Foxcatcher, the awards season contender from Bennett Miller starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. It arrived on $270,877 from six for a sterling $45,146 average.
Disney’s Big Hero 6 – the champion last weekend – fell a modest 38% on $34.7m for $110.3m.
Interstellar is flying high internationally through Warner Bros and dropped one place to number three in its second North American session through Paramount as $28.3m boosted the tally to $96.9m.
Christopher Nolan’s film added $7.4m from 368 US Imax screens as the running total climbed to $25.5m. The overall $20m global haul boosted the Imax level to approximately $50m.
Relativity Media opened the drama Beyond The Lights in fourth place on $6.2m.
St. Vincent held firm in sixth place through the Weinsteins and has reached $33m after six weekends. New Regency’s Birdman broke into the top ten through Fox Searchlight, climbing one place on $2.5m for $11.6m in the fifth sessions.
Nightcrawler ranks eighth in its third weekend and added $2.9m through Open Road for $24.9m en route to what should be a profitable run.
John Stewart’s political drama Rosewater arrived at number 13 through Open Road Films on a mediocre $1.2m from 371, while Samuel Goldwyn opened family title Saving Christmas at number 15 on $992,087 from 410.
Roadside Attractions in association with Saban Films released Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman featuring an acclaimed turn by Hilary Swank. The Western took $45,433 from four sites for an $11,358 average.
Counterpoint Films and Self-Realization Fellowship’s documentary Awake: The Life Of Yogananda distributed via Abramorama added an estimated $41,614 to reach $551,819.
The film passed $500,000 on November 13 and is projected to cross $1m by the end of its run.
Overall box office for the top 12 dropped 11.7% against last weekend and gained 8.3% on the comparable session in 2013, when Thor: The Dark World held firm at number one in its second weekend.
November records could fall this week as Lionsgate prepares to release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
Confirmed Top 10 North America Nov 14-16 2014
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) Dumb And Dumber To (Universal) $36.1m –
2 (1) Big Hero 6 (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $34.7m $110.3m
3 (2) Interstellar (Paramount) Warner Bros Pictures International $28.3m $96.9m
4 (-) Beyond The Lights (Relativity) Relativity International $6.2m –
5 (3) Gone Girl (Fox) Fox International $4.6m $152.6m
6 (6) St. Vincent (TWC) TWC International $3.77m $33m
7 (5) Fury (Sony Pictures) QED International $3.76m $75.9m
8 (4) Ouija (Universal) UPI $2.97m $48m
9 (7) Nightcrawler (Open Road) Sierra/Affinity $2.92m $24.9m
10 (11) Birdman (Fox Searchlight) Fox International $2.5m $11.6m