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.
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.
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.