Hangover, The: R-Rated Comedy Breaks Records

July 23, 2009–Warner and Legendary Pictures’ summer smash hit “The Hangover” has added another milestone to its record-breaking run.  On Sunday, July 19, Todd Phillips’ comedy became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time in the U.S., breaking the record previously held by “Beverly Hills Cop,” which has stood for almost 25 years.  To date, the film has earned an astounding estimated $235.9 million dollars and is still drawing large audiences after more than six weeks in release. 


The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, who said, “This is one record I don’t think any of us anticipated crossing.  We continue to be amazed by the resilience of ‘The Hangover’ in a very competitive summer season, and the buzz just keeps building as word-of-mouth shows no sign of diminishing.”


Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Pictures Group, stated, “Audiences are obviously in a mood to laugh and ‘The Hangover’ more than fits that bill.  We are all understandably thrilled, but the person who deserves the most credit is the remarkable Todd Phillips.  We applaud him and the amazing cast, along with everyone who had a hand in making the film.”


Todd Phillips remarked, “I couldn’t be happier that audiences everywhere are having as much fun watching ‘The Hangover’ as we had making it.  The response to the movie has been overwhelming, and I want to thank my entire cast and crew and, of course, all our friends at Warner Bros.”


From director Phillips, “The Hangover” is 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.