Perhaps one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, The Hangover Part II, hit theaters for the first time on Thursday in anticipation for what should be a great box office for the film on this long Memorial Day weekend. Of course, this is coming off of the success of the original The Hangover, released in the first weekend of June in 2009, which many have viewed in theaters and on DVD, and considered the movie so great that many flocked to theaters to see the second installment.
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.