Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part II has triumphed at the domestic box office by raking in $118.1 million in the first four days of its release.
The sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, is expected to gross another $20 million Monday. The film grossed $16.4 million in Britain, the best ever launch for a US comedy.
“This blows everything out of the water. It’s pretty amazing stuff. Moviegoers love all the characters, and they love the story,” hollywoodreporter.com quoted Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, as saying.
DreamWorks Animation and Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2 also contributed to the boom, grossing $53.8 million in its first four days. The 3D toon should end Monday with a five-day total of $68.2.
“We’re thrilled to have Kung Fu Panda be part of this record-breaking weekend. We came in at high end of expectations. We played very strong to families and kids, who made up 60 percent of our audience,” said Anne Globe, DreamWorks Animation president for marketing.