Box Office: ‘Hangover 2’ Up Big From Predecessor, ‘Pirates’ Down Double Digits

Written by Michael Lambarde on May. 28, 2011

After two years, the predecessor of The Hangover in 2009 finally hit theaters this past Thursday, in what will be a successful a four-day Memorial Day weekend. In its first two days in theaters, it has raked in an estimated $61.62 million — $31.61 million on Thursday and $30.01 million on Friday. Compared to the first two days (Friday and Saturday) in 2009, that is up 52% from $31.79 million raked in. Compared to the first full weekend of the original Hangover, it is up 27% with just two days counted. The first weekend for the original brought in $44.98 million.

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In other Friday box office news, Paramount’s Kung Fu Panda 2 brought in $5.8 million on its special Thursday midnight release date and an additional $18.98 million on Friday for a total gross of $24.78 million, 60% behind Hangover Part II.

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Week two of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides continues to do good business for Buena Vista, bringing in $10.85 million on Friday for a total gross of $124.45 million. However, compared to the 2007 release of the latest Pirates movie, At World’s End, that is a decrease of 33% from the $186.16 million that its predecessor brought in its first nine days.