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Weekend Box Office: ‘Hangover Part II’ Tops ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′

The Hangover: Part II
Warner Bros.

The ‘Hangover’ boys were back for another booze-filled adventure this weekend, and as box office estimates showed, audiences were more than willing to go along for the ride.

Though probably not as good as the first, my son and I thought it was certainly worth the price of admission.  Zach Galifianakis delivers some of the flick’s best moments, dropping anchor after “parking” a speedboat on land, and claiming “I’m a stay-at-home son,” when referring to his posh living arrangements with mom and dad.

The sequel to the 2009 smash comedy took in a whopping $105.8 million over four days, helping to make this weekend the biggest Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office. 

Even better for ‘Part II,’ its $86.0 intake between Friday and Sunday was the highest ever for a comedy, and the second-highest for an R-rated movie, behind only ‘The Matrix Reloaded.’

Meanwhile, this weekend’s other sequel, the more family-friendly ‘Kung Fu Panda 2,’ opened slightly below expectations, with $62.2 million over four days. Its five-day total currently stands at $68.0 million, less than half of ‘The Hangover Part II’s’ $137.4 million.

In third place was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ with $50.4 million, down 44 percent from last weekend. ‘Bridesmaids’ came in fourth place, with a steady $20.4 million, while ‘Thor’ rounded out the top five in fifth place ($12.0 million).

If you didn’t catch Hangover, Panda, Pirates, or any of the other new movies in the theater this weekend, check out the trailers here.

Pirates of the Caribbean fans, be sure to catch the hilarious SNL Digital Short, “Captain Jack Sparrow” here.

[Variety]

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