Dumb To Laughs All Way to Bank

Audiences ignored critics, fork over $38.1M
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Dumb To Laughs All Way to Bank
Jim Carrey, left, and Jeff Daniels in a scene from "Dumb and Dumber To."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Hopper Stone)

Critics may have hated Dumb and Dumber To, but audiences apparently flocked to it: The Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels reunion won the weekend box office with $38.1 million—which is almost exactly what it cost to make, notes the Hollywood Reporter. It's the biggest opening in a decade for Carrey and the biggest ever for Daniels. "Dumb and Dumber was a beloved film on home entertainment, and people wanted to be entertained. It's escapism," says a Universal boss. Big Hero 6 fell to the No. 2 spot with $36 million, while Interstellar snagged third place with $29.2 million. Jon Stewart's Rosewater "struggled," notes the Reporter, with $1.2 million. (More Dumb and Dumber To stories.)

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