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This weekend Harry and Floyd made a triumphant return to the big screen twenty years after the original made a splash, creating two pop culture icons out of the main characters. Dumb and Dumber To landed a solid number one with a $38 million debut. That's more than double what the original made in 1994 when it banked $16 million.
The real challenge will be matching the $127 million domestic total of Dumb and Dumber. Even with a $38 million start, it's likely the sequel will struggle to make it much past the $100 million mark, much less top the original. It's also up against the likelihood that the people who really cared about seeing it saw it this weekend, and word of mouth praise could be low. The original comedy enjoyed reasonable critical success (65% at Rotten Tomatoes) but the follow up isn't getting the same level of laughter (Just 27%).
Big Hero 6 slipped into second place but added $36 million to break into triple digits with $111 million. Interstellar fell just shy of $100 million, settling in at $97 million and third place this weekend.
Under-marketed newcomer Beyond the Lights from The Secret Life of Bees writier director Gina Prince-Bythewood opened at a distant fourth place with $6 million. Meanwhile the critically acclaimed Birdman expanded to over 850 venues and finally earned enough to sneak into the very bottom of the top ten.
Two movies that were likely to draw more audiences because of the name attached than the content arrived in small release this weekend. Jon Stewart's feature film directorial debut Rosewater opened in just 370 locations but banked $1.2 million. Kirk Cameron's bizarre and critically panned Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas opened in 410 locations earning $1 million.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: