“Hangover Part II” is crushing box office records for R-rated comedies this Memorial Day weekend, an analyst said Saturday.
On Friday, “Hangover II” took in $30 million at 3,615 theaters, according to Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. This comes on top of the $31.6 million the film about hard-partying pals enroute to a wedding took in on Thursday.
The sequel to 2009′s “Hangover” took in more money on its opening day than the original film did during its entire opening weekend, according to Hollywood observers, and is on track for a five-day total in excess of $120 million. The previous opening-weekend record for an R-rated comedy was $79 million for “Sex And The City” in 2008.
Coming in a distant second is another sequel, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which earned $13 million on Friday and is expected to close the weekend with an estimated $19 million.
Third place goes to the latest Jack Sparrow adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” with $10.8 million in earnings on Friday.