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).