Coming out with a sequel after 20 years isn’t a bright idea one would say. In fact, it’s a dumb idea (yeah, some word play there)! The enthusiasm of seeing more of the characters you love has vanished, the audience who saw the original have grown up and acquired different tastes, and there is a whole new generation who may have little clue about what was so fantastic about the first movie. And yet, some still persist to recreate the old days. In this case, it is the Farrelly brothers (Peter and Bobby) who had written and directed the 1994 sensational hit Dumb and Dumber. That silly goofy movie went on to earn $247 million worldwide against its $17 million budget, and pretty much solidified the early career of comic phenomenon Jim Carrey. A prequel did come out in 2003, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, but it didn’t have the original duo of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, nor was it a Farrelly brothers’ movie. No wonder it bombed! And that should have been the end of it. But here we are, in 2014, writing about a Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels movie, directed by the Farrelly brothers, called Dumb and Dumber To. And if you thought that the dumb cannot rule, then think again. This yet again nonsensical goofy movie has opened with an amazing $38.1 million in North America, and taken the top spot at the box-office. The movie budgets have of course increased over the last twenty years, but a $40 million production budget is still not too much in the world we live in. And against such a modest budget, this is quite a strong opening for the film. It should be headed towards the $100 million mark in the domestic market. In addition, Jim Carrey has a huge global appeal as a comedian which should see this movie do quite well in foreign markets too. I do expect the movie to manage at least somewhere close to the original movie’s earnings figures, which is more than enough to make it a big financial success. Sometimes the magic can be recreated even after such a long time!
And what about the two big holdovers from last week? Both movies have done well in their second weekends, a 36% fall for Big Hero 6 and a 39% fall for Interstellar. While the Disney animated flick was expected to have a good showing in the second week, I am pleasantly surprised with the relatively lower fall of Interstellar as such big budget and highly publicized films tend to dip by at least 50% in their second weekend. Over 10 days, Big Hero 6 has grossed $111 million in North America, though its foreign outing has been limited so far with $37 million. Interstellar has earned $98 million in North America; in addition, it has opened in quite a few foreign markets and is doing very well with $224 million from abroad. Both these movies still have a long way to go! And finally, the other wide release of the weekend was the drama Beyond The Lights which only managed $6.5 million, which ain’t a good start at all even though the movie’s budget would be on the lower side.
So a really strong weekend in North America and it can only get better next week with the release of, oh yeah, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Stay tuned!
Here are the top 5 weekend earners at the US box-office (estimates):
1. Dumb and Dumber To ($38.1 million)
2. Big Hero 6 ($36.0 million; second weekend)
3. Interstellar ($29.2 million; second weekend)
4. Beyond The Lights ($6.5 million)
5. Gone Girl ($6.1 million; seventh weekend)