The Farrelly Brothers’ ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ (Universal) sequel was way out front for the day with $14.2 million – nearly six million better than anything else for the day.
But with a weak B- Cinemascore, this is expected to be its best day of the weekend (the number includes $1.2 million from Thursday night shows). The challenge for the top spot from “Big Hero 6” (Buena Vista), third for Friday at $8.0 million. With “Dumb and Dumber To” likely to drop lower both days, and “Hero” set to outgross it the rest of the weekend, it could be a close battle for the top spot.
Second best for Friday was Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (Paramount) at $8.3 million. That’s down more than fifty per cent from its opening Friday, although the rest of the weekend should drop less. Still, it compares unfavorably to the director’s “Inception,” which not only opened better but fell less (40%) its second Friday. Expect this to end up third for the weekend irrespective of the battle above.
The overall Top Ten take totaled around $39 million, up a healthy 10% from last year. This comes despite weakness among the other films the rest of the way. Fourth place “Beyond the Lights” (Relativity) opened to $2.3 million, although playing in only 1,789 with a per screen average more than double anything else on the list. “Gone Girl” (20th Century Fox) once again had a modest drop, with $1,350,000 for fifth.
Two films managed to top $1 million for the day – “St. Vincent” (Weinstein) with $1,131,000 and “Fury” (Sony) $1.1. Two others were just below – “Ouija” (Universal) at $989,000 and “Nightcrawler” $900,000.
Rounding out the list at tenth is “Birdman” (Fox Searchlight), making its first appearance in the Top Ten with $690,000 after nearly doubling again its theater count, now 857. although with the gross just slightly ahead of last week.
Jon Stewart’s Iranian imprisoned-reporter drama “Rosewater” (Open Road) managed $422,000 in 371 theaters covering most of the country. That’s about $80,000 less than “Birdman” took in when it expanded to 231 theaters by comparison.
Two new awards contenders opened in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Classics’ “Foxcatcher” took in just over $75,000 in six theaters, with a per screen average just over what “The Theory of Everything” achieved last Friday for its strong opening. “The Homesman” (Roadside Attractions) made $13,200 in four and looks like a more modest start.