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 Newsroom. Universal and Red Granite Pictures partnered on the sequel, playing in 3,154 locations.
Dumb and Dumber To reunites original directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly with Carrey and Daniels, a.k.a., 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.
Dumb and Dumber To 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. The animated tentpole placed No. 2 (many rival studios have Dumb and Dumber To earning closer to $37 million).
From Paramount and Warner Bros., Interstellar came in No. 3, declining 39 percent to $29.2 million from 3,561 theaters for a domestic total of nearly $97.8 million. Globally, the space epic has zoomed past the $250 million mark.