‘The Hangover Part II’ Shatters Records At The Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

FROM MTV MOVIES: Two years ago, “The Hangover” writer/director Todd Phillips told MTV News: “I love ’The Hangover’ so much and I think we could crush it with the sequel.” In terms of ticket sales, at least, he was right.

The Hangover Part II” crushed a box-office record over the weekend, grossing $86 million from Friday-to-Sunday, the biggest opening ever for a live-action comedy. Thanks to the Memorial Day holiday and a Thursday debut, the buddy sequel (which swaps Las Vegas for Thailand) has already made $117 million. “The Hangover” opened with $45 million in 2009. “Part II” stands just behind “The Matrix Reloaded” on the list of R-rated openings.

Another sequel, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” was the #2 movie at the box office, according to studio estimates. Featuring the voice of Jack Black in the title role, the animated kids’ flick debuted with $47.8 million over the four-day weekend. The movie’s 3-D screenings accounted for about 45 percent of its business. The film’s opening weekend total was less than that of the first film, despite many positive reviews. “The Hangover Part II,” by comparison, was a flop with critics.

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