I know you’re getting tired of me bringing up THE HANGOVER PART II, but allow me one more fascinating stat that just came to my attention.
Yesterday’s total North American opening day boxoffice gross for the comedy—including the 12:01 a.m. midnight shows—was an amazing $31.7 million.
The film now ranks as the # 3 ‘Thursday opening’ of ALL time!
"HANGOVER II" was only beaten by two previous Thursday-opening blockbusters; STAR WARS—EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH which produced an initial $50 million and THE MATRIX RELOADED that sold $42.5 worth of tickets its first Thursday.
Not bad company to be in!
Lesser Thursday opening performers in the top 5 include STAR WARS—EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES at $30.1 million and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL at $25 million.
Another encouraging aspect to these fabulous Thursday numbers is that HANGOVER II finally brought younger moviegoers back to the megaplexes! Warner Brothers reports that 54% of the opening day’s audience was under the age of 25.
As for Craig’s dire prediction for the megaplexes, enjoy a great holiday weekend at the movies. Uh, while you can!