Whilst President Barack Obama was in Australia contending with our own version of Dumb & Dumber, the U.S. proved idiots ruled the box office as the 20 year follow up Dumb & Dumber To (3,154 screens) took out the top spot with a massive $38.05m on a cracking $12,065 screen average. For the Farrelly Brothers, this is their single biggest opening weekend ever and the film looks to come in at around the $90m mark. That will put it line ball with 2000’s Me, Myself & Irene which took $90.57m (unadjusted). The original grossed $127m domestically (unadjusted – works out to $241.3m in todays terms) on a budget of $17m back in 1994. For Jim Carrey, it is his best live action opening since 2003’s Bruce Almighty which smashed $68m on its opening weekend. Congratulations Universal for picking this puppy up, I bet Warner/New Line are kicking themselves now!
Big Hero Six (3,773 screens) had another cracking weekend as its animation domination continues unabated, slipping 35.9% week on week, to gross $36.010m. That brings its domestic haul to $111.7m after 10 days of trade and it’s still holding onto a $9,544 screen average which is a really good sign. This is a $220m picture and, although the Penguins Of Madagascar is set to come charging in next Wednesday, that’s a cracking win for Disney on a much more genre based outing.
Interstellar (3,561 screens) slips 38.6% week on week to take $29.2m for its 2nd weekend. Boasting a solid $8,197 screen average, the just-under 3 hour flick now sits on $97.8m domestically in the States and with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One about to trounce on cinemas this Friday, the game is on to hold a strong screen average. $150m finish.
Beyond The Lights (1,789 screens), the African American romance, opens modestly with $6.5m on a $3,633 screen average. Relativity’s ultra low budget pic looks to finish around the $12m mark as hold over play off will be small. The film has no star power and is heavily reliant on word of mouth to continue performing. On that screen average, it just isn’t strong enough to have the film push past a $12m finish.
Gone Girl (1,959 screens) passes $152m domestically
Rosewater (371 screens), Jon Stewarts’ directorial debut, opens with a $1.2m weekend on a soft $3,235 screen average. The biopic, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, deals with interrogation and torture set in Iran so the audience for a film of this topic is quite tight.
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (410 screens) certainly didn’t do that as it took $1m on a disastrous $2,468 screen average. The pro-faith flick couldn’t get any headway where it played and will be all out for $3m by this time next weekend.
Foxcatcher (6 screens) smashes a $48,000 screen average to gross $288,000 for its limited release, awards qualifying bow. Bennett Miller’s stunning biopic, featuring 3 Oscar worthy turns from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, is the 2nd film this year to have a huge limited opening behind the staggering performance of Birdman.
In Cinemas Friday November 21, 2014 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One, Horrible Bosses 2 (26/11), The Penguins Of Madagascar (26/11)
Figures from Box Office Mojo
|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|