The Girl Power of 'Bridesmaids" Knocks Out 'Knocked Up'

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Box office prognosticators were worried about "Bridesmaids" before it landed in theaters this summer. Would people pay to see a female-driven comedy in theaters? Now that the movie is two months in to its theatrical run, the answer is clear: Hell yes.

Based on its current path of success, "Bridesmaids" will be raking in enough cash that, by Wednesday, the movie will surpass "Knocked Up" as the highest-grossing movie in mega-producer Judd Apatow's career. That's big news for a movie that few thought could make back its budget back in May.

Apatow is the brains behind successful comedies like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," ($109.4 million), "Knocked Up" ($148.8 million), "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (148.2 million) and "Superbad," (121.4 million) but it'll be "Bridesmaids" that walks down the aisle on top. Currently, the Paul Feig-directed Kristen Wiig vehicle has grossed $148.1 million and, unless "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" crushes it under its robotic foot, should sail past the "Knocked Up's" cumulative total this week.

But that's not all: The Hollywood Reporter also notes that by Sunday or Monday, "Bridesmaids" will knock "Sex and the City," the 2008 big screen adaptation of HBO's classic show, off its perch as the number one R-rated female comedy of all time. Take that, Carrie Bradshaw.

What's most impressive is that "Bridesmaids" found success in an unconventional way -- or rather, one Hollywood has little faith in these days. Starting off small, "Bridesmaids" played in less than 2,000 theaters and grossed only $26 million its opening weekend. But through word of mouth, the movie kept on chugging and one of the few original movies this summer has turned out to be one of the biggest successes.

Apparently being really, really funny gets people in seats. Who woulda thunk?