Dumb & Dumber was an instant smash upon its release in December 1994. Not only did the $17 million lowbrow comedy gross $127 million at the domestic box office, it made Jim Carrey the first actor to have three films open at number one in the same year. Given this success, a sequel would quickly follow, right? Wrong. Fans have had to wait two decades to see Carrey and Jeff Daniels climb back into their sheepdog van. The good news is that there's light at the end of the tunnel: the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To premiered on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month.
With Dumb and Dumber To scheduled to open Nov. 14, let's look back at past movie sequels that came out long after their predecessors did.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Sequel to: The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Part II became the first sequel to win the Best Picture Oscar, one of six statues it claimed at the 1975 ceremony. Part III was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, but became the only film in the Godfather series to fail to win that prize or be chosen by the National Film Registry for preservation. The movie is perhaps best remembered for director Francis Ford Coppola's decision to cast his daughter, Sofia, as Michael Corleone's daughter after Winona Ryder dropped out. Sofia "won" Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star, earning more than 65 percent of the vote in both categories.
The Evening Star (1996)
Sequel to: Terms of Endearment (1983)
Terms won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine, and was the second highest-grossing film of its year, grossing $108 million. MacLaine returned for Star, but the magic certainly didn't; the sequel grossed only $12.7 million domestically.
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Sequel to: The Blues Brothers (1980)
Gene Siskel called the original Blues Brothers - the 10th highest-grossing film of its year - the best film ever made in Chicago, and in June 2010 the Vatican's official newspaper named it a "Catholic classic." 2000, on the other hand, grossed only $14 million domestically and ranked fourth on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 worst sequels ever made.
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Sequel to: The Odd Couple (1968)
The original Odd Couple was the fifth highest-grossing film of its year, and Neil Simon's screenplay earned a Writers Guild of America Award and an Oscar nomination. Stars Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon returned for the sequel, which failed to finish in the top 90 movies of its year.
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Sequel to: Carrie (1976)
It was impressive that Carrie earned $33 million when it was made for only $1.8 million. It was astounding when stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie earned Oscar nominations for their performances. Spacek declined an opportunity to make a cameo in Carrie 2, leaving Amy Irving as the only one to appear in both films. Carrie 2 grossed only $17.7 million domestically against a $21 million budget.
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
Sequel to: Basic Instinct (1992)
Joe Eszterhas was paid a record $3 million for his script for the original Basic Instinct. Since the erotic thriller starring Michael Douglas and a then-unknown Sharon Stone earned $117.7 million domestically - more than twice its budget - and was the ninth highest-grossing film of its year, it could be called a good investment. Only Stone returned for the sequel, which saw femme fatale Catherine Tramell living in London. Basic Instinct 2 "won" four Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actress for Stone. It was a box office disaster as well, grossing only $5.9 million domestically.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Sequel to: Rocky V (1990)
The seemingly unstoppable Rocky franchise fell on hard times when the '90s began, as V grossed a mere $40.9 million domestically and became the only film in the series to lose money. When asked by an interviewer, Sylvester Stallone rated the movie as a zero. Stallone had to wait six years for an opportunity to make the film that he felt would end properly end the series, but he ultimately got his wish: Rocky Balboa was a critical success and earned $70 million domestically, nearly three times its budget.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Sequel to: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Last Crusade grossed $197 million domestically and was the second highest-grossing film of its year, but the question remained: Would audiences welcome Indiana Jones after a nearly two-decade absence? Harrison Ford actually asked for more jokes about Jones' advanced age in the script and declined to dye his hair for the part. Budgeted at $185 million, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull grossed $317 million domestically and was 2008's third highest-grossing film.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Sequel to: Wall Street (1987)
Michael Douglas earned Best Actor honors from the National Board of Review, the Golden Globes and the Oscars the first time he played Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko, who became an iconic film character. Douglas received a Golden Globe nomination for Money Never Sleeps, but the movie itself was a disappointment at the domestic box office, grossing $52 million against a $70 million budget (it grossed a total of $134.7 million worldwide).
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Sequel to: The Best Man (1999)
The original Best Man grossed $34 million domestically, nearly four times its $9 million budget. Holiday, which was budgeted at $17 million, earned $30.6 million in its first weekend on its way to a total $70.5 million domestic gross.