Warner's The Hangover Part II led the daily box office on Thursday with $5.51 million and in the process topped the $150 million mark. The blockbuster comedy sequel has now grossed $154.43 million through just eight days of release. The Hangover Part II was easily the week's top film with a weekly take of $122.82 million. As impressive as the film's performance has been thus far, the film does continue to display signs of significant front-loading as it fell 12 percent from Wednesday on Thursday. On a day where most films experienced daily increases, that was easily the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The Hangover Part II is currently running 10 percent behind the pace of 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Kung Fu Panda 2 continued to claim second place with $3.02 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation experienced a 2 percent increase over Wednesday. For the week Kung Fu Panda 2 finished in a distant second with $70.34 million. Kung Fu Panda 2 has grossed $76.14 million through eight days of release, placing it 19 percent behind the pace of 2008's Kung Fu Panda. Kung Fu Panda will likely inch past the $100 million mark by the end of the weekend. While the domestic start of Kung Fu Panda 2 has been underwhelming, the film's international start in a limited number of foreign markets was far more impressive this week.
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides grossed $2.76 million to remain in third. The 3D sequel starring Johnny Depp was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 39 percent from last Thursday. On Stranger Tides finished in third for the week with $58.65 million, which was down 48 percent from the film's opening week performance. On Stranger Tides displayed solid holding power this week, especially when factoring in the added presence of The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2. With a 14-day domestic gross of $172.25 million, On Stranger Tides is running in line with expectations.
Bridesmaids held steady in fourth place with $1.97 million. The break-out comedy from Universal was up 5 percent over Wednesday and down a very slim 8 percent from last Thursday. That places the film in great position to experience another strong hold over the weekend. Bridesmaids took fourth place for the week with $26.52 million, which was down 12 percent from the previous frame. With a three-week gross of $95.13 million Bridesmaids will obviously surpass the $100 million mark over the weekend.
Fox Searchlight's The Tree of Life rounded out its first week of platform release with $42,095 on Thursday. The Terrence Malick directed film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn grossed $631,935 for the week from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. Starting today The Tree of Life will be playing in 20 locations.