Hangover breaks 25-year-old box office record for an R-rated comedy

MUMBAI: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ summer smash hit The Hangover has added another milestone to its record-breaking run. On 19 July, the Todd Phillips-directed comedy became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, breaking the record previously held by Beverly Hills Cop, which has stood for almost 25 years. To date, the film has earned an astounding estimated $235.9 million dollars and is still drawing large audiences after more than six weeks in release.

Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, "This is one record I don’t think any of us anticipated crossing. We continue to be amazed by the resilience of The Hangover in a very competitive summer season, and the buzz just keeps building as word-of-mouth shows no sign of diminishing."

Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov added, "Audiences are obviously in a mood to laugh and The Hangover more than fits that bill. We are all understandably thrilled, but the person who deserves the most credit is the remarkable Todd Phillips. We applaud him and the amazing cast, along with everyone who had a hand in making the film."

Phillips said, "I couldn’t be happier that audiences everywhere are having as much fun watching The Hangover as we had making it. The response to the movie has been overwhelming, and I want to thank my entire cast and crew and, of course, all our friends at Warner Bros."

The Hangover stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. The film is directed by Phillips from a screenplay by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore.