Weekend Box Office: Comfortably Dumb

Nostalgia drew moviegoers to theaters this weekend, but last week’s movies also saw great success despite slipping down the ranks. Limited release awards hopefuls also performed spectacularly over this all-around successful weekend.

The #1 movie in North America was ‘Dumb and Dumber To‘. The sequel comes twenty years after the beloved and highly quotable original ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and nine years after the forgotten prequel ‘Dumb and Dumberer’. With original cast members Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their roles, ‘Dumber To’ opened to $38 million and knocked Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ out of the top spot – but ‘Hero’ didn’t fall far.

Slipping a very mild 36%, ‘Big Hero 6‘ closed out its second weekend in the shadow of ‘Dumb and Dumber To’. The $165 million animated family movie pulled in $36 million, bringing its ten-day domestic total up to $111.6 million. Its slowly expanding international release continues, but won’t hit most major markets until Christmas. So far, the international numbers are about on par with last year’s billion-dollar Disney hit ‘ Frozen’.

Also seeing a slow descent was Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic ‘Interstellar‘. With a 39% drop-off, the Matthew McConaughey vehicle earned $29.1 million, bringing its domestic ten-day total up to $97.8 million. While the domestic numbers aren’t as impressive as most of Nolan’s other films, like the majority of summer’s should-have-made-more movies, international sales are driving the film to success. Overseas, the film has now earned $224.1 million, giving it an accumulated worldwide total of $321.9 million so far.

Relativity’s ‘Bodyguard’ knock-off ‘Beyond the Lights‘ had a soft opening. From 1,789 locations, the depressed pop star romantic drama grossed $6.5 million and landed in the #4 spot.

Rounding out the Top 5 was seven-week-old ‘Gone Girl‘, which keeps plugging along. The additional $4.6 million brings its domestic run up to $152.6 million. Overseas, the film has drawn $166.2 million, for a worldwide total of $318.8 million.

The most buzzed-about of the Oscar hopeful limited releases was the only one that disappointed. Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater‘ opened on 371 screens, yet was only able to pull in $1.2 million. That $3,235 per-screen average will most likely change Open Road’s expansion plans. Trailing behind that was Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas‘. From 410 locations, the faith-based holiday flick earned just over $1 million, giving it a per-screen average of only $2,468.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, ‘Foxcatcher‘ managed an impressive $288,000 from just six locations. Its $48,000 per-screen average ought to push distributor Sony Picture Classics to expand the limited release sooner rather than later.

Finally, Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘The Homesman‘ didn’t do quite as well as ‘Foxcatcher’, but is still on track for success. The indie Western earned $48,000 from four locations, for a per-screen average of $12,000. Here’s hoping that Roadside expands this release soon.

Top 10:

1. ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ (Universal) – $38,053,000

2. ‘Big Hero 6’ (Buena Vista) – $36,010,000

3. ‘Interstellar’ (Paramount) – $29,190,000

4. ‘Beyond the Lights’ (Relativity) – $6,500,000

5. ‘Gone Girl’ (Fox) – $4,625,000

6. ‘St. Vincent’ (Weinstein) – $4,025,000

7. ‘Fury’ (Sony) – $3,810,000

8. ‘Nightcrawler’ (Open Road) – $3,038,000

9. ‘Ouija’ (Universal) – $3,025,000

10. ‘Birdman’ (Fox Searchlight) – $2,450,000


  1. William Henley

    i saw Interstellar again over the weekend. As I am catching Thursday matinees, the theaters are pretty empty, so it is hard to judge how well it is doing based on turnout. Then again, first time I saw it in 70mm IMAX, and second time was 70mm, and both charged a premium as it was a special event, so maybe the digital showings are drawing more people. Hard to judge.

    I would bet that Dumb and Dumber To(o) (sorry, that drives me nuts to call it To) will drop off dramatically next week, and that Hunger Games will be one, Big Hero 2 and Interstellar 3, with D&D falling to 4 or even 5.

  2. Drew

    Well put, William. I’m in complete aagreement. ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ will take a severe plunge. Next weekend’s rankings:

    1. ‘Mockingjay’
    2. ‘Big Hero 6’
    3. ‘Interstellar’

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