LOS ANGELES - November 12, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, the Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels comedy sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" is a no-brainer for moviegoers this weekend, representing more than 50% of Fandango's weekend wide release sales and scoring a bright 86 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator. "Dumb and Dumber Too" is currently outselling last year's irreverent comedies, "Anchorman 2" and "We're the Millers," at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Dumb and Dumber To" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
95% of moviegoers have seen the first film (but only 47% of them saw it on the big screen);
93% are Jim Carrey fans; 82% are also Jeff Daniels fans;
89% will see the film with a best friend or group of friends;
87% said they would not have seen "Dumb and Dumber To" if either actor had not returned;
86% have been looking forward to a sequel ever since the first film;
77% are fans of the film's directors, The Farrelly Brothers.
"It's rare to see so much anticipation for a sequel to a twenty-year-old movie," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Fans of the first movie will be happy to see Carrey and Daniels together again, and even those moviegoers who are too young to remember the first movie will enjoy its riotous silliness."
In a creative original video, "Dumb and Dumber To: How Much Would it Cost", Fandango Movieclips calculates the cost of taking a Harry & Lloyd-style cross-country road trip, as portrayed in the first "Dumb and Dumber" movie.
Also premiering exclusively on Fandango, the brand-new trailer for 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, the late Robin Williams and a star-studded cast, debuts today. Opening in theaters on December 19, 2014, the new "Museum" trailer can be found at http://youtu.be/i0vTJeYLRnA.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
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By Daniel Garris
Disney's Big Hero 6 was up one spot and a strong 104 percent from Monday to move back into first place on Tuesday with $10.51 million. Veterans Day is traditionally a very strong day for family films and that was clearly the case yesterday for Big Hero 6. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $71.88 million in its first five days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and is an impressive 27 percent stronger than the $56.75 million five-day start of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Paramount's Interstellar was down one spot from Monday to land in second with $6.90 million. The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up 31 percent over Monday, which represented one of the day's smaller daily percentage increases among wide releases. Interstellar surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $61.84 million after five days of wide release (and two additional days of limited release). The film is running a bit below expectations and 10 percent behind the $68.45 million five-day start of last year's Gravity. Whether or not Interstellar will able to display holding power similar of that to Gravity remains to be seen.
Sony's Fury held steady in third place with $1.05 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt increased 47 percent over Monday's performance and was down a slim 5 percent from last Tuesday. It should be reminded that last Tuesday's grosses in general were inflated as well from Election Day. Fury has grossed a solid $71.16 million in 26 days.
Fox's Gone Girl followed closely behind in fourth with $0.95 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film was up 44 percent over Monday and up 6 percent over last Tuesday. Gone Girl continues to impress with $147.14 million in 40 days and is now just $2.86 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day rounded out the day's top five with $0.89 million. The family film from Disney was up a massive 122 percent over Monday and down 6 percent from last Tuesday. Alexander surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.54 million in 33 days.
By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Interstellar moved into first place at the daily box office on Monday with $5.27 million. In the process, the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday. Interstellar was down 57 percent from Sunday, as daily holds in general were stronger than usual on Monday thanks to the eve of Veterans Day. Interstellar has grossed $54.94 million after four days of wide release (and two additional days of limited release). The film is running a bit below expectations and 11 percent behind the $61.81 million four-day start of last year's Gravity. Whether or not Interstellar will able to display holding power similar of that to Gravity remains to be seen.
Disney's Big Hero 6 placed in a very close second on Monday with $5.16 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios trailed Interstellar by just $115,729 for the day. Big Hero 6 was down 68 percent from Sunday. Big Hero 6 surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $61.38 million in four days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and is an impressive 18 percent stronger than the $51.99 million four-day start of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Sony's Fury claimed third place with $0.713 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down 53 percent from Sunday and down just 15 percent from last Monday, as the film was helped more than most on Monday by the eve of Veterans Day. Fury surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $70.11 million in 25 days.
Fox's Gone Girl took fourth with $0.657 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck fell 57 percent from Sunday and only 6 percent from last Monday. Gone Girl continues to impress with $146.19 million in 39 days and is now just $3.81 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.
Nightcrawler rounded out Monday's top five with $0.605 million. Open Road's critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 36 percent from last Monday. Nightcrawler surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed $20.22 million in eleven days.
Ouija followed closely behind in sixth with $0.589 million. The low-budget horror film from Universal and Platinum Dunes was down 53 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. The 18-day total for Ouija stands at a very solid $43.91 million, thanks in part to stronger than expected holding power.
By Daniel Garris
Disney's Big Hero 6 led the way at the box office this weekend with $56.22 million. That gave the 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios a relatively comfortable win in its battle with Interstellar this weekend to kick off the holiday movie season. Big Hero 6 opened in line with its lofty expectations and is set to represent another strong recent performer for Walt Disney Animation, joining the likes of last year's Frozen, 2010's Tangled and 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. Big Hero 6 opened an impressive 15 percent stronger than the $49.04 million debut of Wreck-It Ralph.
Big Hero 6 opened in a close second with $15.81 million on Friday (which included $1.4 million from late night shows on Thursday), moved into first place on Saturday by surging 52 percent to gross $24.05 million and fell 32 percent on Sunday to gross $16.36 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.56 to 1. Big Hero 6 received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which is a very good sign for the film going forward.
The audience breakdown for Big Hero 6 was evenly split between genders and skewed towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (58 percent). Family audiences made up a sizable 72 percent of the film's overall audience. 3D grosses accounted for 29 percent of this weekend's overall grosses.
Paramount's Interstellar was considered the favorite by many heading into the weekend, but ultimately had to settle for second place with $47.51 million (the film came in roughly $2.5 million below Sunday's studio estimate). The highly anticipated Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film has grossed $49.66 million to date, after an additional two days of limited release on Wednesday and Thursday. Interstellar opened 15 percent below the $55.79 million start of last year's Gravity (which did have the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions) and 24 percent below the $62.79 million debut of 2010's Inception. Given the comparisons, it appears that the high level of anticipation for Interstellar among Nolan's fanbase didn't really transfer over outside of the fanbase. The film's mixed critical reviews likely played a significant part in that.
Interstellar took first place on Friday with $16.87 million (which included $2.7 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8 percent on Saturday to fall to second with $18.29 million and declined 32.5 percent on Sunday to gross $12.35 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.82 to 1. While the film's nearly three-hour run-time will likely lead to some natural back-loading, it remains to be seen if Interstellar will hold up as well as Gravity and Inception did. The film's B+ rating on CinemaScore, while solid, also leaves a bit to be desired, though it should be noted that Inception also received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.
The audience breakdown for Interstellar was nearly evenly split between genders (52 percent male, 48 percent female) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (75 percent). With that in mind, the relative lack of appeal with teens and young adults was a key component of the film's softer than expected start. Interstellar received a significant boost from its strong IMAX performance this weekend.
With the weekend's box office being dominated by the battle between Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, holdovers took a clear backseat. In addition, holdovers were especially bunched together, as just $833,859 separated third place and seventh place this weekend.
Fox's Gone Girl claimed third place with $6.21 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film continued to hold up well as it was down just 27 percent from last weekend. The hold was especially impressive given the new competition from Interstellar. Gone Girl has grossed an impressive $145.54 million in 38 days, which leaves it $4.46 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.
Ouija followed closely behind in fourth with $5.87 million. The low-budget horror film from Universal and Platinum Dunes was down a very respectable 45 percent. After opening on the low end of expectations a few weeks ago, Ouija has held up surprisingly well for a horror film. The 17-day total for the film stands at $43.33 million.
Sony's Fury rounded out the weekend's top five with $5.63 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down a very solid 36 percent from last weekend. Fury is on the verge of clearing the $70 million mark with a 24-day take of $69.39 million.
The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent placed in sixth with $5.41 million. The well-received comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy had another strong hold this weekend, as it was down only 25 percent. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth, St. Vincent has grossed $27.05 million to date.
On the heels of last weekend's close second place start, Open Road's Nightcrawler fell to seventh place this weekend with $5.37 million. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal was down a significant 49 percent, which suggests that the film isn't going over as well with audiences as it has with critics. Nightcrawler has grossed $19.62 million in ten days, which is in line with expectations.
On the platform front, Focus' The Theory of Everything was off to a noteworthy start with $208,763 from 5 locations in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. That gave the James Marsh directed biopic of Stephen Hawking a per-location average of $41,753 for the frame.