Jim Carry did it again by using his unrivaled talent to help push the new “Dumb and Dumber To” past many other box office hits. This second installment debuted almost 20 years after the original Dumb and Dumber movie, opening with $38.1 million, this according to studio estimates.
In the first movie, the Farrelly brothers were first introduced, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Although everyone expected the second movie to do well, some were surprised when it passed “Big Hero 6”, which raked in $36 million during its second week of showing. “Dumb and Dumber To” also forced “Intersteller” to third position after making $29.2 million.
Hollywood is known for constantly updating, rebooting, and reinventing old films but even so, “Dumb and Dumber To” was unique. During the first and second installment was a 2003 prequel but starring different actors and being directed by different people, it simply did not pay off.
Executives knew that waiting 20 years to make a second film was a huge risk but having the opportunity to once again cast Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as the low-IQ duo is what made all the difference in the world.
Interestingly, other delayed sequels succeeded by bringing in new talent, as in the case of Indiana Jones: Kingdom of Crystal Skull and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. In comparison, “Dumb and Dumber To” stuck to what worked before, two mega stars with years in the acting business.
Especially in comedy, staying power is a rare gem. Trying to recreate or recapture chemistry between two stars is almost impossible so to bring Carrey and Daniels back to the theater using their old, physically comedic form put the “Dumb and Dumber To” movie in a class of its own.
The “Dumb and Dumber” project took years to complete and ultimately, it was independently produced by Red Granite Pictures prior to Universal signing on as a distributor. According to insiders, one of the biggest challenges of making the film was the “that was then and this is now” battle.
While some people doubted the film would work, from the very beginning, Daniels said everyone needs to keep going and that this would work…he was right. According to Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said that “Dumb and Dumber To” was the first big and broad comedy to hit theaters since summer.
She added that most of the audience was under the age of 25, showing people interested in the movie are not those who saw the first movie 20 years ago.