It looks like this was a weekend of escapism for moviegoers. Clearly people either needed a brief escape from reality or to just turn their brains off and have a good laugh.
Jim Carrey has his first hit in a long time. In a year where Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and the cast of The Expendables 3 failed to recapture their past glory, surprisingly enough, it’s Carrey’s return to slapstick comedy that won the day. Dumb and Dumber To made $38 million dollars in its first weekend of release, despite opening twenty years after the original. It will be interesting to see what direction Carrey chooses to take his career in, now that he is on top again.
Big Hero 6 only had a slight drop from its debut weekend. Disney’s first animated Marvel property pulled in another $36 million dollars, while crossing the $100 million dollar domestic mark in its second week of release.
A combination of strong word of mouth, layered storytelling, and a WTF ending, has attracted a large portion of audiences back to see Interstellar in its second week of release. Christopher Nolan’s space epic had less than a 40% drop in its box office from its debut weekend, signalling that the movie should have strong legs for the coming weeks.
Beyond the Lights debuted in fourth place with $6.5 million dollars, the latest romantic drama from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball).
Gone Girl managed to hang in the top five spots for its seventh week in a row. David Fincher’s murder mystery made $4.6 million dollars and surely their attentions are moving from box office receipts, to award season.
Here is the complete breakdown for the weekend of 11/14-11/16:
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Dumb and Dumber To||Uni.||$38,053,000||–||3,154||–||$12,065||$38,053,000||–||1|
|2||1||Big Hero 6||BV||$36,010,000||-35.9%||3,773||+12||$9,544||$111,653,000||$165||2|
|4||N||Beyond the Lights||Rela.||$6,500,000||–||1,789||–||$3,633||$6,500,000||–||1|
Source: Box Office Mojo