Bozos beat boy and bot at box office
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK
DUMB And Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy that raised stupidity to an art form, led the United States and Canadian box offices over the weekend, taking in US$38.1 million (S$49.4 million) and outmuscling the previous week's winner, Big Hero 6.
Walt Disney's animated story of a boy and his robot settled for a close second with US$36 million, according to estimates provided by tracking firm Rentrak.
Director Christopher Nolan's space adventure, Interstellar, collected US$29.2 million for third place.
Dumb And Dumber To stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as dim-witted friends searching for the long-lost daughter of one of the buddies. The original film, Dumb And Dumber, was among 1994's biggest hits, with US$127.2 million in domestic ticket sales.
"We felt it was going to do over US$30 million, but this is bordering on US$40 million," said Nikki Rocco, president for domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, the Comcast unit that released the film.
"The timing was right for a comedy of this nature, one with broad appeal," Ms Rocco added, noting that the studio successfully broadened the film's appeal to ethnic audiences, with Hispanics making up 38 per cent of ticket buyers.
Big Hero 6, which features the voices of Damon Wayans Jr, James Cromwell and Maya Rudolph, has collected US$111.7 million in the US and Canada since opening on Nov 7, for a global total of US$148 million.
Disney said the film helped propel the studio's strong year at the box office. On Friday, it surpassed US$4 billion in global sales for the second time in its history.
New release Beyond The Lights, the story of a pop star who falls in love with a policeman while struggling with the pressures of fame, took fourth place with US$6.5 million. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood's third film follows well-received titles Love & Basketball and The Secret Life Of Bees.
Gone Girl, director David Fincher's box-office hit starring Ben Affleck as a man apparently implicated in his wife's disappearance, rounded out the top five with US$4.6 million, bringing its domestic haul to US$152.7 million.