Box office update: 'The Hangover Part II' parties on with $86.5 mil three-day weekend


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UPDATE: The Hangover Part II earns $105.8M on record-setting four-day Memorial Day weekend at the box office

ORIGINAL POST: The Wolf Pack is a force to be reckoned with, as The Hangover Part II consumed $86.5 million over the three-day weekend (Friday to Sunday), according to studio estimates. That’s the best three-day weekend ever for a live-action comedy, beating Austin Powers in Goldmember‘s $73.1 million debut. It’s also the second-best opening for an R-rated film, topping The Passion of the Christ but falling short of The Matrix Reloaded. The $80 million sequel, produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is now on pace to finish the four-day holiday weekend with about $106 million. Throw in its massive $31.6 million opening on Thursday, and The Hangover Part II is looking at an estimated five-day total of $137.6 million. By comparison, the original Hangover made less than half that amount, grabbing $59.2 million its first five days.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 is off to a mildly disappointing start, as the animated martial-arts comedy grossed $48 million over the three-day weekend. That’s a step down from the 2008 original, which debuted to $60.2 million (and did so without the benefit of 3-D surcharges). Screenings in 3-D accounted for only 45 percent of Panda‘s revenue, tying Despicable Me for the lowest 3-D percentage for a major release since the start of 2009. (It should be noted that Panda‘s 3-D figure would have been stronger had the film also played on IMAX 3D screens) The $150 million sequel, which is being distributed by Paramount, should tally $62 million for the four-day holiday weekend, bringing its five-day total to about $68 million.

In third place, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides dropped 56 percent for a three-day weekend gross of $39.3 million. Bridesmaids slipped only 22 percent for $16.4 million, which is particularly impressive considering that the R-rated comedy had to compete with The Hangover Part II. And in fifth, Thor fell 39 percent for $9.4 million.

In limited release, it was a great weekend for auteurs. Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning drama The Tree of Life debuted to $352,000 from four theaters, averaging a towering $88,000 per location. And Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris expanded to 58 theaters and rose to seventh place with $1.9 million. Check back here on Monday for the complete box office report.

Estimates for the three-day weekend (Friday to Sunday):

1. The Hangover Part II — $86.5 mil
2. Kung Fu Panda 2 — $48.0 mil
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — $39.3 mil
4. Bridesmaids — $16.4 mil
5. Thor — $9.4 mil

More movie links from EW:
EW’s Summer Movie Guide
Dragon Tattoo: Red Band trailer online
40  Unforgettable Nude Scenes
Summer Movies: It’s a Pool Party!

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  • xav

    So people WILL go see any crap you throw at them.

    • Jenckles

      How in the world does a second rate, almost identical version to the first Hangover (which was overly hyped and praised) make that much amount of money. Are people just accepting unoriginality nowadays? I can understand the public’s frustration with the lack of original and unique ideas for movies, but come on! I thought most of us were better than this.
      Regardless of what you think of Hangover (you know where I stand), I think we can all agree that no thought, no original idea went into this. The only thing that they though of when making this is “where should the sequel take place”.
      Wash, rinse, repeat.

      • Dave

        I watched the first hangover before seeing the second as a refresher and the sequel doesn’t compare to the original. It was the same stuff but not even as well done as the first and it was very predictable. While there was a few chuckles, I really only laughed out loud during the pictures on the credits. The groom guy wayyy over acted as well, some parts were ridiculous

        SPOILER ALERT: The elevators power being offline for 2 days? Come on now, that’s a biiggg stretch considering power went on and off everywhere else in shorter periods of time.

      • Korey

        Sometimes people don’t want or need originality. Sometimes they just want to laugh. It’s not a conspiracy.

      • David

        Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls or macaws are pure pop trash!!!

      • Koozebane

        It’s like Home Alone 2–a remake of the first film. Home Alone 2 followed the exact same story with a few minor changes/settings/characters.

      • Bill

        Really you had to throw in the spoiler alert? At least give people a chance to see the movie Jackass!

      • bocoe

        It made money because the lemmings (myself included), herded to the cineplexes and plopped down the price of admission. I will not be doing that for the upcoming Hangover III. Believe that…

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

      • A

        The only thing more redundant than The Hangover 2 is you.

      • Eh

        America has ALWAYS loved crap and WILL always love crap.

        Be it crappy movies, music, TV, books, or video games, America will love it!

        Now excuse me, I have 2 and 1/2 Men on the DVR, a bluray copy of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender to see, a Glenn Beck book to read and a Nickelback album to listen to.

      • Bobby

        Nickleback does suck!

      • Barry

        I agree: America does love crap.

      • jon

        thats why America makes the best entertainment in the WORLD, thats right the BEST movies, video games, and Theatre !!!

      • LMFAO

        Eh, you’re on fire! What a stunning list of crap you posted.

      • STFU

        Great post. Really groundbreaking stuff this week. You really swung for the fenses on that one.

      • LOL

        Sorry, you’re right, I take it back. It’s just that nothing can ever live up to Fast Five, it was a brilliant piece of filmmaking that delivered the goods (not to mention Vin Diesel’s buttocks). The Hangover 2 is good fun, it just can’t live up to the amazing Fast Five. Still, America did the best they could outside of making Fast Five number one again.

      • Vince

        I’ll watch Last Airbender on Blu-Ray with you, that movie’s ironically amazing.

      • Milo

        I hate that it was the same movie all over again. OMG and speaking of books, if you do read only one book this summer, make it “Violet Hill or the mad diaries of Nicholas Rampling” creepiest/scariest thing I’ve read since “The Ruins”

      • Chud

        me no how to read. me watch mo-vees. me think you smart and think too much

    • Meg

      Wow…TH2’s take was pretty much expected, but for Bridesmaids to only decrease 25 % in spite of competing with a film that directly overlaps with its audience is amazing. Clearly the breakout/sleeper hit of Summer 11

    • David

      Pixar films are cinematic gold and modern day classics!! Dreamworks flicks, Ice Age sequels, The Incredibles knock-offs and Happy Feet as owls or macaws are pure pop trash!!

    • Vince

      First weekend box office means nothing.

      It means that the millions & millions of dollars spent on prints, posters, free screenings, commercials, trailers, red carpet premieres, etc. worked.

      First weekend just means that you were able to pay your way to make sure people were excited to see the film. If Hangover II holds well next weekend, then we’ll know that the film’s a success because people like it, not because the film studios told us to like it & to pay to see it in theaters.

    • Kev

      I disagree with the original poster. It’s the funniest movie of all time. How is a movie like the Hangover not original. It kept me thinking about what the heck had happened while LMAO. I’d watch the Hangover X if they decided to do 8 more as long as they change the setting. Cheers!

  • Samantha

    I hope The Hangover fails next week and Bridesmaids does well. The Hangover Part II sucked

    • Tom

      chickflicks rule. without the false sense of hope they give to females everywhere.. we would probably be close to zero population growth. Yay for chickflicks and false hope!

  • Matt1

    No, Hangover 2 was EXACTLY what it said it would be, more of the same. I paid for my ticket expecting nothing more than a few more laughs from the guys who made me laugh 1 years ago and guess what… I laughed my @$$ off!! I saw a comedy and it made me laugh, therefore, the movie served it’s purpose. Get off your high horse and relax people!

    • Matt1

      *2 years ago…

    • Justin

      Well said, Matt1. I completely agree with you. I saw Hangover 2 yesterday and LOVED IT!!! Comedies are supposed to make people laugh, and I definitely laughed my butt off! I thought it was better than the first one.

    • fnord

      Hangover 2 was more of the same, but not funny at all. Quite boring.

      • Captain

        The Hangover wasn’t funny either so it truly was more of the same.

      • rachel

        @fnord…something weird happens here,..I wrote a comment before and now disappear?…well ,I gonna say it again,please EW!…I gonna say that I’m agreed with you @fnord ..hangover 2 is a big crap,and I can’t believe people went to see that crap! Five old and nasty guys fooling around somewhere ,what’s next?..fooling around in Germany?Come on…they don’t worth my money!

      • m1

        @rachel: No, the third film should be in Italy. That way I can marvel at the gorgeous scenery if I get bored of the film itself.

      • BD

        @rachel – While I appreciate the effort you made to share your insight, Rachel, I will dismiss it, as I usually find more validity in opinions formed by people who aren’t retarded.

    • NYCMovieFan

      Completely agree, thank you for stating it so well! I loved Hangover 2 and I am recommending it to friends. To those who have not seen it and are ranting about it – what do you want? Twilight fans go see Twilight (I don’t), Harry Potter fans to to those movies (I never will), so what do Hangover fans do? We wait for the next Hangover movie, hoping for a Hangover 3 soon!

      • Woot

        1. NEVER compare the Twilight films to the Harry Potter films…
        2. At least those franchises have a different plots in the sequels. The Hangover Part II felt like the writers wrote the script while having a hangover.

      • Tom

        If Harry Potter had that soundtrack, it would be essentially the same thing. Just more awkward and unsettling as twilight is already.

    • DreamyK

      The funny parts were hysterical! Yeah, it was a bit of a retread, some parts lagged, but it was a funny movie, glad I went and saw it.

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  • jack

    my comment don’t related to topic .it’s about legal marriage.Why JD said “She (her partner Vanessa)’s helped me become a better man, but they didn’t get married. “It’s hard for me to explain how everything has worked out so well for their but they didn’t married The kids ask about marriage,” Pitt told USA Weekend. “It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.” Said a man was betrayer (about his wife Jen).
    I hope JD think about it because of his children.

    • Matt1

      Ummmm… WHAT???

  • jack

    my comment don’t related to topic .it’s about legal marriage.Why JD said “She (her partner Vanessa)’s helped me become a better man, but they didn’t get married. “It’s hard for me to explain how everything has worked out so well for their but they didn’t married The kids ask about marriage,” Pitt told USA Weekend. “It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.” Said a man was cheater (about his wife Jen).
    I hope JD think about it because of his children.

  • Hailey

    Hell yeah. The Hangover 2 was hilarious. It’s a comedy for a reason, you don’t expect to see deep meaningful parts out of it. Sure, it was much like the first one – but it filled it’s purpose. I had a great time, and it did what it should of – made people laugh.

    • fnord

      Only the simpletons laughed.

      • STFU

        Only pretentious d**ks would say that that.

      • Bug

        I wish monkeys could skype…maybe some day…

    • Ron

      Did it have as many plot holes and loose ends as the first one did?

  • You’re all predictable

    I vow to no longer read the comments under EW’s weekend box office round up, because it’s more of the same. Someone near the top of the list commented that The Hangover Part II was more of the same. Well, so are these comments. “America loves crap.” “If you throw crap at an audience they will watch.” These comments are obvious and more than predictable. If you already know from, I don’t know, reading the effing article, then why bother posting the same damn comment week after week? People will enjoy what they choose to enjoy. Maybe if those of you from Club Redundant would find something to enjoy in life, regardless of what it is, maybe then you’d have something original and pleasant to post.

    • Fred

      “That movie sucks!”
      “Nuh uh, that movie was great!”

      Same old, same old, week in and week out.

      • Tom

        “Top grossing film of all time!!”
        “Better than Star Wars!”

    • Stefon

      New York’s hottest club is “Redundant.”

      • Will

        New York director Todd Phillips has done it again! Only two years after creating the first “redundant” this club has everything the original has, naked chinese men, strippers, missing people, and an animal sidekick. But instead of Doug missing it’s Teddy, instead a lady stripper, it’s a tranny stripper, and instead of a tiger it’s a monkey.

      • LOL

        Will FTW! ^^^^

  • Lindsay

    i guess i’m a simpleton then…because i laughed so flippin hard at this movie! i loved it just like i loved the first one.

    • LOL

      You love crap.

      • Tom

        Simpletons need downtime too. Give the guy a break.

  • Christine

    I saw the Hangover Part II Friday and I expected more of the same that was in the original movie – what I didn’t expect was the exact same movie. Oh someone’s getting married, let’s have a toast, we can’t remember anything, we lost someone, oh we found them and everything is fine. It was the exact same movie that I loved 2 summers ago. The comment that I heard most often when leaving the theatre was “that was really unnecessary”.

  • GeeMoney

    The film was just ok. It was a complete re-tread of the first one. And yes, a lot of the movie was “really unnecessary”.

  • Who Craig?

    Is it absutely necessary to dedicate an article each day to this movie? There’s nothing else in the entertainment world happening right now? My god

    • erin

      There’s no Glee, Lost, Twilight, or lady blahblah antics to report on, so yeah, they’re going to fill space with this.

    • Jack Sparrow

      This is just the box office report, it’s not really an article on the Hangover 2. They do it every Sunday.

  • Dominic

    I guess this is proof that people will turn off their brains and watch almost anything Hollywood puts on the screen. It’s upsetting to think that a lazy sequel like The Hangover 2 made more money in one weekend than a worthy comedy like Bridesmaids did in two weeks. Bridesmaids was hilarious and original; but I guess the idea of originality scares some audiences. If people keep wasting money to see bad sequels, then that’s what we’ll keep getting. I’ll be skipping The Hangover 2 and will instead go see Midnight In Paris. That will be a movie that’s worth the money.

    • STFU

      Dominic, stop crying. Your beloved Bridesmaids is making plenty of money. So much that I’ll bet in two years you can come back on here and whine about how unoriginal the sequel is.

    • chingtumadre

      Bridesmaids original?

      It was a female version of the original Hangover. Admit it: That movie is even less inspired than The Hangover 2. And twice as unoriginal.

    • PS

      I have to agree. The Hangover 2 was lazy, and worse yet–NOT FUNNY. I sat in a full theater and there was nobody laughing the entire time. It was stunningly unfunny. The first Hangover was fresh and original, as is Bridesmaids. Originality is not just about the concept, it is about the execution. Bridesmaids is written better, and bottom line: its hilarious. Comedies should make us laugh, no matter if the concept is original or not.

  • Sith Lord J

    Kung Fu Panda was ok but there wasn’t much character development besides Jack Black tired slacker rountine. Jean Claude Van Damn only had about 5 lines of dialoge, Seth Rogan about 7 Jackie Chan about 3. Why cast them if your not going to use them?

  • PN

    It even made more than the amount it cost to make the movie in those 3 days! That’s rare! I’m sure it will make double or triple those movie expenses this summer!

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