Hangover II Smashes Records

It rakes in a whopping $137.4M in five days
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2011 1:23 PM CDT
In this publicity image released by Warner Bros., from left, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong and Bradley Cooper are shown in a scene from "The Hangover Part II."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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(Newser) – Of all the awful reviews the Hangover II has racked up, Newser particularly liked this one: Dana Stevens sums it up in Slate—it’s a “blatant cash grab.” And how. The film has officially smashed a number of records, thanks to its $137.4 million five-day domestic haul. Among the new feathers in its cap, as per the Hollywood Reporter:

  • It's the best opening ever for a comedy of any rating.
  • It is the best launch of a comedy ever in the UK, grossing $16.4 million (which also makes it the top UK opening of 2011).

  • It, along with Kung Fu Panda 2's $67 million gross, helped make the Memorial Day weekend the biggest one ever: Grosses should hit $270 million, besting 2007's $254 million.
  • It will likely also claim the largest five-day opening ever for any R-rated film, jumping ahead of The Matrix Reloaded ($134.3 million) and The Passion of the Christ ($125.2 million).

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