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'Dumb and Dumber To" tops weekend box office

Dumb and Dumber To, Courtesy of Facebook/DumbandDumberMovie

Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy that raised stupidity to an art form, led the U.S. and Canadian box office this weekend, taking in $38.1 million and overtaking last week’s winner, Big Hero 6.

Dumb and Dumber To stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as dimwitted friends searching for the long-lost daughter of one of the buddies. The original film, Dumb and Dumber, was among 1994’s biggest hits, with $127.2 million in domestic ticket sales.

Hero, Walt Disney Co’s animated story of a boy and his robot, settled for a close second with $36 million, according to estimates provided by tracking firm Rentrak.

Director Christopher Nolan’s space adventure Interstellar collected $29.2 million for third place.

New release Beyond the Lights, the story of a pop star struggling with the pressures of fame who falls in love with a policeman, took fourth place with $6.5 million. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s third film follows well-received titles Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees.

Gone Girl, director David Fincher’s box office hit starring Ben Affleck as a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance, rounded out the top five with $4.6 million, bringing its domestic haul to $152.7 million.