Weekend Forecast: 'Dumb and Dumber To' & 'Beyond the Lights'

Featured Stories - on November 12, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

nov14.pngFriday, November 14 sees the release of two new wide films as the holiday season continues with its sophomore week.

Dumb and Dumber To

PROS:

- The original film was a major career high for both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, proven by its pop culture assimilation over the last two decades.
- Facebook and Flixster buzz are solid leading up to release.
- Early word out of ShowEast suggests the film could play well.

CONS:

- Comedy sequels are more often "miss" than "hit". Will the recent memory of another long-in-production sequel like Anchorman 2 have a negative effect on this?
- Unfortunately, Jim Carrey's drawing power just isn't what it used to be in the '90s and '00s.
- Twitter activity is respectable, though considerably behind that of Universal's earlier release this year, Neighbors. For a sequel compared to an original movie, that's a concerning sign.

Beyond the Lights

PROS:

- Early reviews are encouraging with an over-90 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
- Director Gina Prince-Bythewood has a solid track record including 2000's Love and Basketball, as well as 2008's The Secret Life of Bees.
- Twitter buzz is stellar. The film has nearly doubled the number of tweets No Good Deed posted in the week before release.

CONS:

- The film's intensely urban appeal and heavier competition will likely hold it back from breaking out as large as No Good Deed managed.
- Flixster activity is much more modest.
- Facebook trending is solid overall, although it trails that of Addicted at the same point. 

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, Nov. 16
Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Disney
$37,000,000 $116,200,000
Dumb and Dumber To Nov 14, 2014 Universal
$35,000,000 $35,000,000
Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Paramount
$26,000,000 $96,800,000
Beyond the Lights Nov 14, 2014 Relativity Media
$12,500,000 $12,500,000
Gone Girl Oct 3, 2014 Fox
$4,500,000 $153,000,000
St. Vincent Oct 10, 2014 Weinstein Company
$3,800,000 $33,400,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$3,700,000 $76,400,000
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$3,200,000 $48,700,000
Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Open Road
$2,900,000 $25,100,000
Birdman Oct 17, 2014 Fox Searchlight
$2,800,000 $12,000,000
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Nov 14, 2014 IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
$2,700,000 $2,700,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: Dumb and Dumber To, Beyond the Lights, predictions

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