November 16, 2014

EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Dumb & Dumber To” Proves Smart Enough


Despite the expected Saturday surge from Big Hero 6, DUMB & DUMBER TO (Red Granite/Universal) looks like it should hold on for the weekend win.  Dumb pulled in $14.4M on Saturday, according to preliminary numbers at Deadline, which was up 2% from Friday, and should give the comedy $37M for the weekend.

BIG HERO 6 (Disney) jumped to $16.5M on Saturday (down just 31% from its first Saturday), which should bring it to $35M for the weekend, which will give it $110M by Sunday, keeping it on track for $200M+ in the US.

INTERSTELLAR (Paramount/Warners) earned $13M on Saturday (down an even slimmer 29% from last Saturday), and that should put it at $28-29M for the weekend, just below a $100M total.  It should also be the weekend’s easy winner overseas, where it was the showcase opening in China.

BEYOND THE LIGHTS (Relativity) climbed 20% from Friday, but it started out so low that it still makes a weekend over $7M unlikely.  Still, the Saturday bump indicates solid word of mouth, so perhaps the film will linger in theatres longer than the opening result would normally suggest.

The unkillable GONE GIRL (20th)–several jokes come to mind, but they’d all be spoilers–rounded out the top 5, down about 32% from last Saturday to $2.1M, and headed for a weekend close to $5M, putting it at $153M in the US.

The weekend’s limited releases remained on their Friday tracks:  FOXCATCHER (Sony Classics) on its way to a $40K per-theatre average at 6, ROSEWATER (Open Road), in a much wider release, likely to have a $3-4K average at 371, and THE HOMESMAN (Roadside) with a likely $10K average at 4.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."