The Hangover II Party Dominates the Holiday Box Office

by | May 30th, 2011 | 2:29PM | Filed under: Box Office News, News

1) The Hangover Part II — $86 / $105.7 / $137.4 million over 3-, 4-, and 5-day weekend

Blowing past all Industry expectations and predictions, since its release Thursday, the dark-comedy sequel has hauled in almost $200 million worldwide on a $80 million budget. That makes it the second-highest opening for an R-rated film after 2003′s The Matrix Reloaded and the biggest 5-day (Thurs-Mon) R-rated opening ever. It’s safe to assume The Hangover Part III was in production before the first box-office receipts started rolling in at midnight Wednesday.

2) Kung Fu Panda 2 — $47.8 / $62 / $68 million

The weekend’s other sequel, a dazzling and entertaining follow up to 2008′s animated tale, did not perform as well domestically as the original. Hopefully good word of mouth will carry it along for the next month, where it has the animated kids field to itself until Cars 2 comes along in late June. Panda 2 absolutely deserves it.

Read my full review

3) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — $39.6 / $50.4 / $54.9 million

With the Hangover and Panda sequels grabbing all the adults’ and kids’ box-office attention, and word of mouth somewhat mixed, Pirates suffered, falling a hefty 56% in its second weekend. Still, it continues to clean up overseas, taking the international top stop the second week in a row and hauling in a staggering $634.7 million worldwide so far.

Read Erika’s review

4) Bridesmaids — $16.6 / $21 / $23 million

It’s great to see the very worthy Bridesmaids continue to do well in its third weekend of release–it’s only been slipping about 20% each week, which signals amazingly good word of mouth, and so far has earned nearly $90 million on a $33 million budget.

Read Erika’s review

5) Thor — $9.4 / $12 / $13 million

The God of Superhero Thunder has brought in $162 million so far domestically, plus another $250 million overseas, for a worldwide total after a month of $412 million.

Read my review

In seventh place was Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which expanded out to 58 theaters and continues to capitalize on great reviews. (Read Erika’s review here.) That’s the highest one of Allen’s films has climbed on the box-office charts since 2000′s Small Time Crooks, and Paris could easily go higher as it’s released into more theaters in coming weeks.

Another major art-house release, Terrence Malick’s absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant The Tree of Life rode last weekend’s Cannes Palme d’Or win into just four U.S. theaters, but the film’s must-see buzz grabbed a $93,000 per-theater average. The Tree of Life, which stars Brad Pitt, will also be expanding much wider in coming weeks. (In case you haven’t noticed, I think it’s not just the best film of the year so far, but possibly one of the best of the past 10 years… 20 years? 30 years?)

The rest of the top ten included Fast Five, Rio, Something Borrowed, and Jumping the Broom.

This Coming Weekend

Well I blew the scant remaining threads of credibility last week with my solid assurance that Panda 2 would beat out The Hangover Part II. I won’t make that mistake twice. The only new wide release this coming weekend is Matthew (Kick-Ass) Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, and while the ’60s-era superhero prequel has very positive buzz, I think it’s likely The Hangover will once again come out on top.

Audiences seem to be loving the R-rated comedy sequel, so I don’t expect Hangover‘s second-weekend box office to fall too much. (Sure, almost everyone seems to have gotten out to see it this weekend, but a lot of folks may go back for seconds.)

Meanwhile, X-Men: First Class, despite positive early reviews and lots of promotional tie-ins and ads, seems to be soft on initial audience awareness and interest–unfortunately, it may have to work hard over the coming weeks to win back viewers who burned out on the X-franchise with The Last Stand and Wolverine.


4 Responses to “The Hangover II Party Dominates the Holiday Box Office”

  1. Jeremy F.
    Posted on May 31, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Locke…the Mutants will not allow a loss this coming week…

  2. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on May 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    From your lips to the box-office gods’ ears, Jeremy, but as much as I really, really want X-Men: First Class to surprise everyone and do really well, if that happens it’s going to take a couple weeks of good word of mouth (a la Bridesmaids). I’m slowly beginning to learn in my mid 40s that not everything turns out the way *I* want it to, and that the things I like or love often get criminally ignored by the box office, while things I LOATHE go on to make gajillions and bazillions of dollars. Shocking and sad, but true. ;)

  3. Jennifer Sci Fi Friend
    Posted on May 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Good early reviews of First Class. Really??? The little I have seen so far looks horrendous. However, I know I am extremely biased and deeply judgemental on anything remotely Xmen on the big screen…..

  4. Trevor L
    Posted on May 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Yea, it’s hard to put aside any knowledge of the X-Men mythos and just enjoy these movies because they’re obviously just coming up with a lot of there own stuff, but I still have decent hopes for First Class.