Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit theatres, a sequel finally drops this weekend. But the film could be in a tight battle for first place against holdovers “Big Hero 6” and “Interstellar.”
So close in fact, I think “Big Hero 6” will hold on to first place, but “Dumb and Dumber To” will still do just fine.
In late 1994 Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels first portrayed the Dumb and Dumber guys, and audiences couldn’t get enough: The comedy grossed $127.2 million domestically and $247.3 worldwide.Huge numbers by 1994 standards, and Jim Carrey’s third big hit that year after “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Mask,” earned $72.2 million and $119.9 million, respectively.
For the record: I loved “The Mask,” but never cared for Ace Ventura or “Dumb and Dumber.” Spooky, ain’t it?
Anyways, after an extremely succesful 1994, Jim Carrey went on to star in many more hits that decade. But that was a long time ago, which makes me feel old, but more importantly means Jim Carrey needs a hit badly.
Also on the same boat are “Dumb and Dumber” directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly whose careers have also struggled in recent years. Jeff Daniels had fared a little better, he won an Emmy last year for “The Newsroom.”
Playing at 3,153 locations, “Dumb and Dumber To” hopes to repeat the success of the original. And also hopes that audiences forget 2003’s prequel, “When Harry Met Llyod,” which bombed at the box office with only $26.3 million domestically. Although to be fair the prequel did not star Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, something that basically killed any chance that movie had.
Look for “Dumb and Dumber To” to open in second place with around $25 million. You know what? Give or take a couple of million, because the question of the weekend is, do fans of the original movie still care twenty years later?