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Bradley Cooper, Hangover 2 Lead Record Holiday Box (video) 1Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis and Director Todd Phillips proved to be a winning combination again, with their film, “Hangover 2” shattering box office records during record setting Memorial Day holiday weekend at the box office.

A surging tide of moviegoers floated most boats, spending $275 million to see shows over the four day holiday weekend, according to

The figures topped 2007’s record-setting weekend when theatergoers spent $254 million to see such films as as “Pirates Of The Caribbean 3,” “Shrek 3,” and “Spider-Man 3.”

Holiday Weekend Movie Box Office

FilmRunTheatersWkd GrossTotal
1. The Hangover 2Debut3,615$103$194M
2. Kung Fu Panda 2 3DDebut3,925$60M$123M
3. Pirates of Caribbean 42wks4,164$51M$647M
4. Bridesmaids3wks2,958 $21.4M$90M
5. Thor 4wks3,296 $12M

6. Fast Five5wks2,982 $8.2M$545M
7. Midnight In Paris2wks58 $2.6M$3.5M
8. Something Borrowed4wks1,440 $2.4M$35.3M
9. Jumping The Broom,4wks939 $2.2M$35.1M
10. Rio 3D 7wks1,672$2.2M $321.9M

Tinseltown is keeping its fingers crossed that the weekend, officially the start of the summer movie season, signals the end of a box office drought. This year’s movie gross is 50 percent over last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

The surge in spending was attributed to a thirst for some escape from reality, a line up of proven movies and perhaps, a slightly better economy.

Although “Hangover 2” was largely panned by critics — it had only 33% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes before it opened–Director Phillips stuck with a proven formula.

He pretty much dished up the same film as the original in a more exotic setting.

“Hangover 2” opened at midnight Thursday in 2,600 locations and set a three-day record for a comedy movie, topping previous record holder, “The Simpsons Movie,” which racked up $74 million during its initial weekend outing.

“Hangover 2” opened in 40 countries on 5,170 screens and grossed $59 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2 also pulled solid numbers, earning $60 million over the holiday weekend and $57 million overseas.

“Kung Fu Panda 2” became the highest grossing animated film ever released in seven of its 11 debut markets this weekend, according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” considered the weakest of the Disney series, has grossed more than $600 million in the 12 days since its debut.

It’s this year’s top movie and the sixth biggest for Disney overseas.

Vin Diesel’s action/adventure movie, “Fast Five” raised its international total to $346M this weekend.

Combined with the domestic estimate, the worldwide gross is $545 million on Monday after six weeks, with the international take at around $350M and domestic take around $200 million.

For details check out DeadlineHollywood.

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