Box Office Awakens to “The Hangover”

By Prne, Gaea News Network
Sunday, June 14, 2009

LONDON - Director Todd Phillips’ New Hit Comedy Opens #1 at the UK Box Office and Holds #1 for the 2nd Week at the U.S. Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ new comedy THE HANGOVER took the top spot at the UK box office this weekend. This is the biggest opening 15 certificate film in the UK to date this year taking in GBP2,749,005 for the weekend and GBP3,193,366 including Thursday’s previews. The film has opened to an even stronger result than some of the funniest films of the last five years including Tropic Thunder (GBP2,501,412), Wedding Crashers (GBP2,236,844) and Knocked Up (GBP1,527,728)

On the heels of critical and audience raves and a multi-targeted marketing campaign, THE HANGOVER earned an impressive $44,979,000 in its US opening weekend, making it the third-highest opening of an R-rated comedy ever. It sustained the US #1 position week on week making an estimated $33.4 million down only 26% for a current cumulative box office of $105 million. For Warner Bros. it is the studio’s sixth film to open at number one in 2009 to date.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK commented: “Following on from the US success last weekend, we are delighted that the UK audiences have embraced THE HANGOVER so enthusiastically. We knew THE HANGOVER was that rare gem of a comedy that plays to audiences of virtually every demographic. And it did. Based on the overwhelmingly positive audience response so far, we anticipate that the excitement will continue to build through the summer as moviegoers turn out to get THE HANGOVER.”

From director Todd Phillips comes a new comedy about a bachelor party gone horribly wrong. Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and his three buddies (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a blow-out night they’ll never forget. But when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning with pounding headaches, they can’t remember a thing. Their posh hotel suite is beyond trashed and the groom is nowhere to be found. With no clue about what happened and little time to spare, the trio must attempt to retrace their bad decisions from the night before in order to figure out where things went wrong and hopefully get Doug back to L.A. in time for his wedding. However, the more they begin to uncover, the more they realize just how much trouble they’re really in.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Green Hat Films Production of a Todd Phillips Movie: THE HANGOVER starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Jeffrey Tambor. The film is directed by Phillips from a screenplay by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore. Todd Phillips and Dan Goldberg produced, with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, William Fay, Scott Budnick, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink serving as executive producers.

Source: Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd

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