Box-of­fice knows how to party

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Is the cin­ema slump over? Well, de­spite be­ing a pale re­tread of the orig­i­nal, The Hang­over Part II has stunned an­a­lysts by tak­ing in a jaw-drop­ping $105.8 mil­lion (¤73 mil­lion) on its open­ing week­end in the US. That is, by some reck­on­ings, the big­gest ever open­ing for a com­edy in that ter­ri­tory. Pre­dictably enough, the film, se­quel to the big­gest film re­leased in Ire­land dur­ing 2009, also ate the do­mes­tic box of­fice alive.

One might, how­ever, ar­gue that the more sur­pris­ing re­sult was that at­tained by Woody Allen’s Mid­night in Paris. Pre­miered to warm (if not ec­static) re­views at Cannes, the agree­able fan­tasy, play­ing in lim­ited US re­lease, some­how man­aged to rake in $96,000 (¤67,000) per screen. That makes it Allen’s best lim­ited de­but ever. It’s also the fifth big­gest ever open­ing per-screen av­er­age for a live-ac­tion film. All of which means that Mid­night in Paris might ac­tu­ally open here. Some­time. Maybe.

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