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Hangover sequel sets Thursday box office record

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Hangover Part II just opened two days ago and it's already proven to be a juggernaut with cinema patrons. On its first day of release (Thursday), the sequel took in $31.6 million dollars, setting a new benchmark for a comedy's opening day.

Yesterday's figures are still being tallied but the estimate for Hangover Part II is $30 mil, easy. By Sunday the movie will cross the $100 million dollar mark and likely close with a three-day weekend gross of $90 million or so.

Let's compare that to the original Hangover. The first picture had a $45 million dollar opening weekend, so The Hangover Part II is doubling its predecessor's gross. The Hangover ended its theatrical run with $277 million dollars domestic and another $190 mil from ihternational venues, making its worldwide gross $467 million dollars. The Hangover Part II could beat $300 million domestic if it proves to have legs; so far the critical reception seems to be favorable, with the majority of reviews saying that it lives up to the first film's bawdy comedy level.

So let's speculate a little. A few things could come from The Hangover Part II's massive success. First, more R-rated adult comedies will likely wind up getting greenlit (Bridesmaids is more proof that this formula is working.) Second, Bradley Cooper is going to be seen as more of an A-list actor; he needs just one major hit outside of his Hangover franchise and he'll be in that exclusive club. Third, a Hangover three-quel is a certainty; I'll be surprised if talk doesn't start immediately with the cast and director Todd Phillips.

 

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