Early release numbers are often a key predictor into how a film will perform in the box office over the course of the weekend.
Numbers for the Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey comedy sequel “Dumb and Dumber To” have come in, and the film is set to make a solid debut this weekend based on its strong early release.
This is in spite of the negative reviews that most critics have given to the film.
Also, in spite of the strong debut, it’s not expected to prevent Disney’s “Big Hero 6” from securing the number one spot in this weekend’s domestic box office.
On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon , Jeff Daniels tried to explain what it was like to work with comic legend Jim Carrey on the first “Dumb and Dumber” movie.
“I remember the audition because I was Mr.
Drama and he was .
He was Jim.
I had to prove that I could be funny because this was 20 years ago,” explained Daniels.
“It was the hot tub scene and before we even said anything Jim just went into Lloyd.” Jim Carrey however quickly interrupted the explanation by stating, “I motorboated him.” It is clear to see that even this many years later Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey still have plenty of fun working together, and perhaps that’s the reason “Dumb and Dumber To” debuted to a $1.4 million box office gross, according to Box Office Pro .
It’s perhaps a small victory especially considering that so far critics are not impressed with the film.
Currently, it has a 28% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
That small victory may end up leading “Dumb and Dumber To” into a $30 million weekend, but projections from Box Office Mojo still put Disney’s “Big Hero 6” at the number one spot over the weekend with an additional $33 million to it’s gross from previous week in theaters.
While it would appear that audiences still like a good comedic chemistry in the form of Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, family oriented superhero movies still own the box office.