This weekend’s box office was a pretty dumb place. According to a report from Variety, Jim Carrey’s and Jeff Daniel’s return as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne brought the people to the theater, as Dumb and Dumber To took this weekend’s top spot at the box office with a total domestic haul of $38.1 million.
The Variety piece rightfully points out that Jim Carrey has had a particularly tumultuous time at the box office over the last few years, as recent films like Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone didn’t manage to bring as many people as hoped out to see him. Revisiting one of the actor’s most beloved roles for the first time in 20 years seems to have been a formula or success, though, as it managed to even outdo the impressive staying power of last week’s box office champ Big Hero 6.
That film fell to the number 2 spot, but only saw a 36% decrease in audience, which is a good forecast for a healthy run overall. Variety also points out that Christopher Nolan’s latest effort Interstellar, which saw a similar decrease in week 2 to Big Hero 6, has just passed the $300 million mark in its global box office total, helped by a particularly strong opening in China. This brings the worldwide total for the film to $321.9 million worldwide after merely two weeks out in theaters. These strong showing have also shown a modest but noticeable increase in ticket sales compared to the same weekend in 2013, which was led by Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World.
In our reviews for the three films, Scott Weinberg felt that Dumb and Dumber To was largely a welcome return for Carrey, Daniels, and their characters, Eric D. Snider felt that Interstellar was a true sci-fi spectacle while missing a bit of an emotional core, and Kate Erbland felt that Big Hero 6 was a “big-hearted introduction” to the character of Baymax.
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