The Hangover II rode its monkey to the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a live-action comedy ($86 million from Friday to Sunday), earning $137.5 million in five days, and contributing to a best-ever Memorial Day weekend for the film industry (list of highest-grossing Memorial Day openings after the jump). With an $80 million budget and probably double that including marketing, Hangover 2 is well on its way to earning “a buttload” (as the analysts say). Hey, anyone who watches Community could tell you that Annie’s Boobs is a real crowd-pleaser.
Meanwhile, Kung Fu Panda 2, with a $150 million budget, was a moderate disappointment, grossing $47.8 million from Friday to Sunday and $68m total. Good numbers, but less than the first one. Luckily, Jack Black has to be used to disappointments by now, as are my parents.
|1||The Hangover 2
|2||Kung Fu Panda 2
|3||Pirates 4||$50,372,000 (-44%)||$12,097||$163,967,287|
|6||Fast Five||$8,166,000 (-23%)||$2,981||$197,575,100|
|7||Midnight In Paris||$2,614,671 (+337%)||$45,081||$3,519,655|
|9||Jumping The Broom
|10||Something Borrowed||$2,320,000 (-34%)||$1,095||$27,662,281|
***Four-day holiday totals
And here’s the all-time Memorial Day weekend chart:
On a serious note, the strength of the Hangover was taking elements blatantly geared towards broad audiences (ie, stupid people) — monkey sidekicks! disapproving Asians! the same movie over again! — while still throwing the more culturally savvy an occasional bone (the Vietcong execution parody).
Other winners included Woody Allen, whose Midnight in Paris added 58 theaters and maintained its highest-among-the-top-10 per-screen average of $33,276, while the latest Pirates of the Carribbean sagged to its lowest attendance of the franchise, which has to be considered a win for society (Bruckheimer is the antichrist). Meanwhile, Bridesmaids fell only 22% from its opening weekend and has made $89 million so far, proving that female-driven comedies can still succeed at the box office. They’re perhaps even more attractive than their male counterparts, considering you only have to pay them two thirds as much. (whackety-schmackety sexism).