Sometimes, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to outwit box office projections.

Twenty years after the Farrelly brothers created the comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber (1994), audiences embraced Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back in their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry.

Universal Pictures' Dumb and Dumber To opened No. 1 at the North American box office this past weekend, outperforming industry projections with grosses reaching $36.1 million. The much anticipated sequel benefited from a smart dating choice, which made it the first big comedy since August.

The hit sequel marks Carrey’s biggest live-action opener since Universal Pictures' own Bruce Almighty and Daniels’ highest opening ever. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly can also celebrate the highest grossing openings of their careers. 

Dumb and Dumber To is Universal’s seventh film to reach No. 1 in North America this year.