B.O. Roundup, November 14-16: 'Dumb & Dumber To' Knocks 'Big Hero 6' and 'Interstellar' Aside

Sunday, 16 November 2014 15:34 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, November 14-16: 'Dumb & Dumber To' Knocks 'Big Hero 6' and 'Interstellar' Aside

Dumb & Dumber To is the number one movie at the box office, raking in $38.05 million in its North American debut, according to current estimates.

Maybe now Harry and Lloyd will finally be able to open their pet store, I Got Worms.

Twenty years ago, the first Dumb & Dumber announced the arrival of directorial duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly while also cementing Jim Carrey as a comedic leading man.  Back in '94, Dumb & Dumber grossed $247 million worldwide against a budget of just $16 million, but more importantly, it aged like a fine wine, winning legions of fans over the years, first on VHS, then on DVD and heavy cable rotation.

So when The Farrelly Brothers, Carrey, and Jeff Daniels all returned for a sequel two decades later, fans showed up despite a whalloping from critics.  Dumb and Dumber To opened at 2,154 locations in the U.S. and Canada this weekend and managed to out-earn last weekend's big blockbusters Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.

The $38 million debut is the biggest opening ever for The Farrelly Brothers, and it's the biggest opening for a Carrey vehicle since Bruce Almighty way back in 2003.

Dumb and Dumber To's unexpectedly robust weekend meant that Big Hero 6 had to settle for second place in its second frame, but Disney's animated hit stayed very strong, easing only 36% from its first place showing last week for a $36.0 million weekend.  Its ten-day domestic total now stands at $111.6 million, but before this month is over, Big Hero 6 will get plenty of competition from DreamWorks's Penguins of Madagascar.

Christopher Nolan's science fiction opus Interstellar, meanwhile, eased 38% from its second place debut last week, earning an estimated $29.1 million and bringing its ten-day total to $97.8 million.  The divisive mindbender is cleaning up around the world, too, grossing $224.1 million for a worldwide total of $321.9 million so far.

Behind those costly commercial juggernauts is Beyond the Lights, the acclaimed drama from Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood, racked up a fourth place debut with $6.5 million, according to current estimates.  Audiences awarded the film an excellent A grade, reports exit poll service CinemaScore.  Between that, critical love, and a remarkable performance by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights is guaranteed to show legs over the weeks to come.

Gone Girl rounded out the top five movies in America over this busy weekend.  Actually, this weekend marked an increase from the same frame last year, when Thor: The Dark World and The Best Man Holiday ruled the roost.

Here are the top ten movies in North America for the weekend of November 14th through 16th:

1. Dumb and Dumber To................................................$38.0 million...............New Release

2. Big Hero 6...................................................................$36.0 million...............$111.6 million

3. Interstellar...................................................................$29.1 million...............$97.8 million

4. Beyond the Lights......................................................$6.5 million.................New Release

5. Gone Girl.....................................................................$4.6 million.................$152.6 million

6. St. Vincent..................................................................$4.0 million.................$33.2 million

7. Fury.............................................................................$3.8 million.................$75.9 million

8. Nightcrawler...............................................................$3.0 million.................$25.0 million

9. Ouija............................................................................$3.0 million.................$48.1 million

10. Birdman....................................................................$2.4 million.................$11.5 million

Next Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I opens nationwide, so the box office roundup next time is sure to include a headline about Katniss Everdeen once again standing atop the box office heap.

So you next week. Same Rogue time, same Rogue channel.

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