'Dumb and Dumber To' tops box office with $38.1M

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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Filmmaker Bobby Farrelly, actors Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, filmmaker Peter Farrelly, Swizz Beatz, producers Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland attend the premiere of Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures' 'Dumb And Dumber To' on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Jim Carrey (L) and Jeff Daniels attend the premiere of Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures' 'Dumb And Dumber To' on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Rob Riggle arrives for the premiere of 'Dumb And Dumber To' in Westwood, California November 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Valerie Macon (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Jim Carrey (L) and Jeff Daniels arrive at the world premiere of 'Dumb And Dumber To' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Jim Carrey (L) and Jeff Daniels arrive at the world premiere of 'Dumb And Dumber To' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Jim Carrey (L) and Jeff Daniels attend the premiere of Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures' 'Dumb And Dumber To' on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Brandon P Bell and Brian Van Holt arrive for the Premiere Of Universal Pictures And Red Granite Pictures' 'Dumb And Dumber To' held at the Regency Village Theater on November 3, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Rob Riggle discusses his new film 'Dumb And Dumber To' at AOL Studios In New York on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Rob Riggle discusses his new film 'Dumb And Dumber To' at AOL Studios In New York on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - At the movies, idiocy never goes out of style.

Twenty years after the 1994 original, "Dumb and Dumber To" opened with $38.1 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal sequel debuted almost exactly two decades after the Farrelly brothers first introduced the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels low-IQ duo.

"Dumb and Dumber To" edged out the animated Disney adventure "Big Hero 6," which took in $36 million in its second week. Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar" slid to third in its second week with an estimated $29.2 million.

The top three films took up the lion share of the box office, with the no. 4 film, the romance "Beyond the Lights," opening with a distant $6.5 million.

In a Hollywood constantly updating, rebooting and sequalizing old properties, "Dumb and Dumber To" was still unique. In between installments, there was also a 2003 prequel, though it was made with different actors and wasn't directly by Bobby and Peter Farrelly.

"This was a gamble," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "Cinematic history is littered with long-lead sequels that just haven't worked."

"It's always a risky move to wait this long, but in this case, the casting of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels really made a difference," he added.

Most delayed sequels - "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," ''Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" - depend on the addition of a new, younger star like Shia LaBeouf. The closest comparison to "Dumb and Dumber To" might be 1998's "Blues Brothers 2000," made 18 years after the original. But with John Goodman stepping in for John Belushi, it opened with just $6.1 million.

Staying power is rare in comedy, where chemistry is especially difficult to regain. But "Dumb and Dumber To" gave moviegoers a chance to see Carrey back in his old, physically comedic form. It's his best live-action debut since 2003's "Bruce Almighty."

The project, though, took years to get off the ground and was independently produced by Red Granite Pictures before Universal signed on to distribute. Made for about $40 million, "Dumb and Dumber To" catches up with Lloyd and Harry in middle age.

"There was the battle of 'That was then, this is now,' and, 'It's not going to work.' All those guys keep their job by saying no," Daniels said in an earlier interview. "But we kept going, 'How can this miss?' Jim and I would look at each other and say, 'This is a no-brainer' - so to speak."

Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, noted that "Dumb and Dumber To" was the first big, broad comedy to hit the marketplace since the summer. With an audience that was 43 percent under 25 and 38 percent Hispanic, Rocco said: "It's not just the 20-year-ago audience that embraced this."

The weekend gave Disney a new milestone. The studio passed $4 billion worldwide for the second year in a row, buoyed by in-house hits "Frozen" and "Maleficent," and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America: Winter Soldier."

Overall business was up 13.6 percent on the same weekend last year. The box office was boosted by a handful of independent films including "St. Vincent" ($4 million its sixth weekend) and "Birdman" ($2.5 million in its fifth weekend) as well as the limited released debuts of "Foxcatcher" and Jon Stewart's "Rosewater."

Next weekend will be dominated by the release of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1."

Box Office Top 3: 'Dumb Dumber To' Is Stupid Profitable

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Dumb and Dumber To," $38.1 million ($3.2 million international).

2. "Big Hero 6," $36 million.

3. "Interstellar," $29.2 million.

4. "Beyond the Lights," $6.5 million.

5. "Gone Girl," $4.6 million.

6. "St. Vincent," $4 million.

7. "Fury," $3.8 million.

8. "Nightcrawler," $3 million.

9. "Ouija," $3 million.

10. "Birdman," $2.5 million.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Matthew McConaughey attends the 'Interstellar' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Actor Matthew McConaughey, director Christopher Nolan, and producer Emma Thomas attend the 'Interstellar' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 'Interstellar' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Anne Hathaway attends the 'Interstellar' premiere at the National Air and Space Museum on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Character Baymax during the Walt Disney Animation Studios'’ "“Big Hero 6"” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Katie Lowes arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Rashida Jones attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Damon Wayans Jr. arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: T.J. Miller arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ryan Potter arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Jonathan Bennett arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Jamie Chung arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Katie Lowes attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Yara Shahidi attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Katie Lowes attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Yara Shahidi attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Marcus Scribner attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Musicians Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Ryan Potter arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Genesis Rodriguez arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: T.J. Miller attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Bea Miller attends the Disney's 'Big Hero 6' Los Angeles Premiere held at the El Capitain Theater on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Kevin Nealon and son Gable Nealon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Big Hero 6' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A view of the atmosphere during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A view of the atmosphere during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Angela Bliss, Vice President of External Communications, Global Public Affairs at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts attends the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A view of the atmosphere during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A view of the atmosphere during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A view of the atmosphere during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Characters Hiro and Baymax during the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6” Premiere After Party at Yamashiro Hollywood on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A general view of the atmosphere during the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios? ?Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (Editors Note: images has been digitally manipulated) A general view of the atmosphere during the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios? ?Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: A general view of the atmosphere during the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Mario Lopez and daughter Gia Francesca Lopez arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white. Color version not available.) A general view of the atmosphere at the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
Actress Caitlin Carmichael poses on arrival for the premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' in Hollywood, California on November 4, 2014. The film opens in theaters nationwide on November 7. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white. Color version not available.) A general view of the atmosphere at the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actors Genesis Rodriguez (L) and Damon Wayans Jr. attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actress Genesis Rodriguez attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Ryan Potter (R) with characters Hiro and Baymax attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Ryan Potter attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Ryan Potter (R) with characters Hiro and Baymax attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Chief Creative Officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios John Lasseter (R) with character Baymax attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Musicians Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy with character Baymax (C) attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6' at El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
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