Hangover Hauls in Huge $86.5M Debut
Apparently audiences don't care about the awful reviews
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2011 3:28 PM CDT
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros., from left, from left, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are shown in a scene from "The Hangover Part II."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(Newser) – Hollywood's hangover is a lot bigger the second time around. The Hangover Part II hauled in $86.5 million in its first weekend, putting Hollywood on course to set a new revenue record for the long Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates today. The Hangover sequel did nearly twice the business of the original blockbuster comedy in its $45 million opening weekend two years ago. In its first four days since opening Thursday, the Warner Bros. sequel has taken in $118.1 million and is on track to finish the long Memorial Day weekend with about $140 million in the bank. (And all this despite some truly terrible reviews...)

From Friday to Sunday, Hollywood's domestic take totaled about $220 million. Once Monday's receipts are counted, the industry should finish the four-day weekend with around $270 million, easily topping the $254.6 million Memorial Day record set in 2007, says one analyst.