Dumb and Dumber posts big numbers at US box office

Dumb and Dumber To, the intentionally misspelt sequel to Jim Carrey’s 1994 comedy, has topped the US box office chart on its first weekend in cinemas.

The farce, which sees Carrey’s Lloyd Christmas reunited with Jeff Daniels’ Harry Dunne, made an estimated $38.1m (£24.3m) between Friday and Sunday.

The film edged out Disney animation Big Hero 6, which made $36m (£23m) in its second weekend in the US and Canada.

Space exploration epic Interstellar fell one place to three.

Directed by film-making siblings Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Dumb and Dumber To arrived in cinemas almost 20 years on from its hit predecessor.

Neither Carrey nor Daniels appeared in a prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, that was released in 2003 without the Farrellys’ involvement.

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The sequel, which took years to get off the ground, helped Carrey achieve his most successful debut in a live-action film since that year’s Bruce Almighty.

“The timing was right for a comedy of this nature, one with broad appeal,” said Nikki Rocco, of distributor Universal Pictures.

Big Hero 6’s performance has helped Disney surpass $4 billion (£255 million) in global sales for only the second year in its history.

The milestone was reached thanks to the success of such titles as Frozen, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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