It’s been 20 years since Harold and Lloyd had stupid success at the box office as The Farrelly Bros. first ever film, “Dumb and Dumber,” became a huge $127M hit back in 1994.
Since then, only Farrelly’s “Something About Mary” has hit $100M+, as they’ve been stuck with middling grossing most recently with “The Three Stooges,” “Hall Pass,” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”
Also stuck in neutral is funnyman Jim Carrey. Once the king of comedy from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Carrey was commanding hefty paychecks to go along with his hearty laughs. In fact, over the course of his career he has had a dozen $100M+ hits, but no live action blockbusters have topped that mark since “ The Grinch” back in 2009.
So, what to do when your career has gone from gonzo to gone-zo? Well, sequels are always a solid place to start. And believe it or not, this is only the second time he’s ever revisited a character, the first being “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.”
How big can D&D2 be? Well, as far as comedy goes, it’s difficult to recapture the magic of comedy after decades–just ask “Blues Brothers 2000.” That said, these two adorable dorks are eternally loved by pop culture denizens for their sheer, brilliant stupidity.
Much like The Three Stooges or Pee-Wee Herman, Carrey and Jeff Daniels capture something that is harmless, preposterous and yet so very endearing in Harold and Lloyd. It’s no surprise that “Dumb and Dumber” is still on cable all the time, and one of the most quoted comedies of the 90s.
Fandango’s advance purchase poll, Fan-ticipation, has Farrelly’s latest outselling all other films right now, however it’s doubtful “Dumb and Dumber To” could actually top the matinee totals of “Big Hero 6” this weekend.
In 3,000+ theaters, expect upwards of $28M, which would top the original’s slow roll, which saw it open to $16M on a $17M budget. Two decades later and the sequel costs $35M, which is a pretty tidy sum as this will no doubt shoot over $200M+ worldwide.
Also debuting in wide release this weekend is “Beyond the Lights.” Think of it as a modern-day “The Bodyguard.” Should attract a decent audience, although the theater count is pretty small at 1,600+. Still, if it can sing to the tune of $6-$8M and find its niche audience might surprise.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart drops his feature film debut, “Rosewater,” in 371 theaters. The drama has been receiving decent reviews, but doubtful it will make much of a splash as the true life story of a journalist being brutally interrogated is a tough watch and an even tougher sell.
The other film in limited release that will likely blow the roof off arthouses is Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher.” Starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, the biography wrestling drama is packed with dramatic punch….so much so that Carell has been getting whispers of Oscar.
1. Big Hero 6 – $35M
2. Dumb & Dumber To – $28M
3. Interstellar – $24M
4. Beyond the Lights – $7M
5. Gone Girl – $4M
CHOICE CUT OF THE WEEK: Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” (March 20, 2015)
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