Hangover sequel smashes records
The Hangover Part II has set a new high for comedy debuts, taking in 105.8 million dollars stateside over the long Memorial Day weekend.
The blockbuster sequel also led Hollywood to a new revenue record of around 280 million dollars for the holiday weekend - surpassing the previous record of 254.6 million dollars in 2007 - according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
The Hangover Part II - starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and funnyman Zach Galifianakis - raised its domestic haul to 137.4 million dollars since opening on Thursday, nearly half the business the original 2009 movie did over its entire run.
"If you can enjoy a hangover, this is one to enjoy," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, which releases The Hangover flicks. He added: "People love these characters. They can do no wrong."
The film reunites the stars as they awake in another haze and attempt to piece together the mayhem of their drunken night in Bangkok.
Opening in second place was another sequel, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2, with 62.2 million dollars in the US box office.
And slipping from first place to third in its second weekend was Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which took in 50.4 million dollars.
Hollywood's 280 million dollar haul for the four-day weekend was a huge leap above last year's Memorial Day holiday, when Shrek Forever After led with 57.1 million dollars. Business was up 45% from the lacklustre 2010 holiday weekend, when revenues came in at just 192.5 million dollars.