No pain as 'Hangover' sequel tops box office
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Madcap comedy sequel "The Hangover: Part II" on Tuesday toasted a long holiday weekend romp at the North American box office where it rang up a dizzying $135 million in four days.
The critically panned sequel follows four men celebrating a pre-wedding brunch in Bangkok, much like the Las Vegas bachelor party in "The Hangover," which made stars of comedian Zach Galifianakis and actor Bradley Cooper.
It outdid DreamWorks' sequel to the original "Kung Fu Panda" - a 3-D second-take - which reprised the voice talents of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie and collected $67.7 million in its opening days, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The fourth installment in the Johnny Depp-starring "Pirates of the Caribbean" series finished third, taking in $50 million over the weekend, for a two-week total of $163.6 million.
The surprise hit "Bridesmaids," an oddball comedy about a group of women preparing for their wedding day supporting roles, grossed $21 million in its third week to take the fourth position.
Epic action adventure "Thor," starring Chris Hemsworth as the mythical hero banished to Earth from the mystical world of Asgard, took in $12.1 million to become the fifth-highest grossing film, while its four-week total hit a powerful $162.4 million.
"Fast Five," the fifth volume in the high-speed car chase series, earned $7.9 million to reach the sixth spot, and after five weeks of release saw its total receipts climb to $197.3 million, the highest total take of any movie in this week's top ten.
In its second week out, Woody Allen's latest film, the whimsical "Midnight in Paris," climbed to seventh place earning $2.6 million.
"Rio," an animated film from the makers of the "Ice Age" series, was in eighth place, earning $2.4 million. The film has so far brought in $135 million during its seven-week run.
Rounding out the top 10, "Jumping the Broom," about two African-American families gathering for a wedding celebration, was in ninth place with just less than $2.4 million and romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" 10th with $2.3 million.
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