Weekend Forecast: 'Dumb and Dumber To' & 'Beyond the Lights'
Featured Stories - on November 12, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Friday, November 14 sees the release of two new wide films as the holiday season continues with its sophomore week.
Dumb and Dumber To
- The original film was a major career high for both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, proven by its pop culture assimilation over the last two decades.
- Facebook and Flixster buzz are solid leading up to release.
- Early word out of ShowEast suggests the film could play well.
- Comedy sequels are more often "miss" than "hit". Will the recent memory of another long-in-production sequel like Anchorman 2 have a negative effect on this?
- Unfortunately, Jim Carrey's drawing power just isn't what it used to be in the '90s and '00s.
- Twitter activity is respectable, though considerably behind that of Universal's earlier release this year, Neighbors. For a sequel compared to an original movie, that's a concerning sign.
Beyond the Lights
- Early reviews are encouraging with an over-90 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
- Director Gina Prince-Bythewood has a solid track record including 2000's Love and Basketball, as well as 2008's The Secret Life of Bees.
- Twitter buzz is stellar. The film has nearly doubled the number of tweets No Good Deed posted in the week before release.
- The film's intensely urban appeal and heavier competition will likely hold it back from breaking out as large as No Good Deed managed.
- Flixster activity is much more modest.
- Facebook trending is solid overall, although it trails that of Addicted at the same point.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, Nov. 16|
|Big Hero 6||Nov 7, 2014||Disney
|Dumb and Dumber To||Nov 14, 2014||Universal
|Interstellar||Nov 5, 2014||Paramount
|Beyond the Lights||Nov 14, 2014||Relativity Media
|Gone Girl||Oct 3, 2014||Fox
|St. Vincent||Oct 10, 2014||Weinstein Company
|Fury (2014)||Oct 17, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|Ouija||Oct 24, 2014||Universal
|Nightcrawler||Oct 31, 2014||Open Road
|Birdman||Oct 17, 2014||Fox Searchlight
|Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas||Nov 14, 2014||IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.