Box Office: The Hangover 2 crosses $200 million mark worldwide

MUMBAI: Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ The Hangover Part II made it a memorable Memorial Day weekend at the box office. The blockbuster comedy has now crossed $200 million worldwide, the fastest of any comedy to surpass that benchmark.

To date, The Hangover Part II has grossed more than $205 million globally.

In North America, the Todd Phillips-directed comedy raked in more than $135 million dollars in its first five days in release, smashing multiple records along the way, beginning with its $10.4 million dollar midnight opening and first-day Thursday gross of over $31.6 million. The movie broke the three-day, four-day and five-day opening records for a comedy film opening of any rating. Additionally, the film shattered both the Memorial Day weekend record and the Friday-to-Monday holiday record for an R-rated film, with a total of $103.5 million, more than doubling the previous records.

Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We could not imagine a better way to kick off our summer and, based on audience reactions and strong word-of-mouth, we expect this Hangover to last throughout the summer. Cheers to Todd Phillips and the ‘Wolfpack,’ who are back in a big way and who made The Hangover Part II an experience no one will forget.”

In addition, The Hangover Part II, which was released in 40 territories, woke up to a staggering international gross, topping the box office with $70.05 million on 5193 screens through Monday.

Warner Bros. Pictures president of international distribution Veronika Kwan-Rubinek added, “With the unprecedented success and continuing popularity of the first film, expectations were incredibly high for The Hangover Part II. This fantastic opening shows that the movie not only met but exceeded those expectations on a global level. We applaud Todd, his fantastic cast, and everyone involved in the film, all of whom share in this extraordinary success.”

The Hangover Part II stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha. Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor also return from the first film, and Mason Lee, Jamie Chung and Paul Giamatti join the ensemble.

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