The Hangover 2 has broken the record for the highest first weekend takings for a comedy, after scoring box office receipts in excess of $86.5 million this weekend. The sequel passes the record set by Bruce Almighty in 2003 for the biggest opening weekend takings for a comedy and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it is also on course to take almost $200 million in its first five days in cinemas.
The comedy, which only received mixed reviews from critics, held off competition from new animated 3D film Kung Fu Panda 2, which took an impressive $68.4 million in its first weekend of release.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, The Hangover 2 has a 35% approval rating by its range of movie critics. That basically means 65% of them dislike the second installment starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. It should be noted that on the site, 94% of their audience like the new film, which the site calls “a crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment.”
Cooper was doing a little R&R this weekend. The actor was spotted yesterday (May 29) watching the French open with basketball player Tony Parker.