Universal reports that Dumb and Dumber To claimed first place on Friday with a strong $14.2 million opening day. That marks the best first-day take for a live action Jim Carrey flick since 2003's Bruce Almighty ($20.1 million), while also topping his voice-led Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who ($13.3 million). For similar genre comparisons, the Dumber sequel also topped Bad Grandpa's $12.6 million opening day just over a year ago. Clearly, 90s nostalgia worked for this flick as Universal's ad campaign successfully interested many 20- and 30-somethings who grew up quoting the now-classic original 1994 film.
Unfortunately, though, word of mouth could be an issue this time around. Aside from an expected critical disapproval (27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the film's 63 percent Flixster audience score is concerning. By comparison, Anchorman: The Legend Continues stood at 72 percent one day after its Wednesday release last December--and that film didn't have a slew of comedies to contend with in subsequent weeks as Dumber To will throughout the holidays. Still, there's no questioning the success of this opening for a sequel whose production budget was a rumored (and modest) $35 million or so. BoxOffice projects the film will make that back by Sunday with a projected $36 million opening weekend.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was off 50 percent from last Friday (its wide opening day) to $8.3 million yesterday. By comparison, Gravity declined just 28 percent from its first-to-second Friday last fall, while Skyfall posted a 60 percent Fri-to-Fri drop. Nolan's space epic has accumulated $76.9 million to-date now and is projected to earn $27.9 million over its second weekend.
Disney's Big Hero 6 held up very well to begin its second weekend. The well-reviewed, and well-received, animation was off 49 percent from opening day last week to $8.01 million yesterday. That gives the pic $83.655 million through 8 days of release, 22 percent more than Wreck-It Ralph totaled through the same point. BoxOffice is projecting a $33.6 million sophomore frame.
Beyond the Lights bowed to an estimated $2.3 million from 1,789 locations yesterday, noticeably behind Addicted's $3 million opening day from 846 locations last month. Healthy reviews (84 percent Rotten Tomatoes) and director Gina Prince-Bythewood's prior success with Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees drove great pre-release buzz for the flick. BoxOffice projects a $6.4 million opening frame.
Rounding out Friday's top five, Gone Girl added another $1.35 million to boost its domestic total to $149.4 million. Look for a weekend around $4.4 million.
Expanding into 857 theaters this weekend, Birdman grabbed $0.69 million yesterday for an $805 per-theater average. The film's total now stands at $9.8 million. BoxOffice projects a $2.3 million weekend.
Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater, opened to $422,000 from 371 locations on Friday. The per-theater average was $1,137. BoxOffice projects the film will pull around $1.3 million for its opening weekend.
Unfortunately, opening day grosses for Foxcatcher were not available at the time of publishing.