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Critics may have been reaching for the aspirin, but the comedy sequel's £10.4m opening swiftly rocked Johnny Depp's boat

The winner

Movies that deliver monster openings usually fall into the category of family, fantasy or action, typically based on pre-existing properties such as Harry Potter, Transformers, James Bond or Marvel crimefighters. Comedies, on the other hand, rarely debut in the high single-digits millions of pounds bracket; Sex and the City (£8.77m including £3.65m in previews) and its sequel (£6.14m, no previews) were among the top performers. Bruno, Borat, Bridget Jones's Diary, Hot Fuzz and the second and third Austin Powers movies all opened healthily in the £5-6m range.

Which makes the £10.41m kick-off for The Hangover: Part II an exceptionally strong result, even taking into account previews of £2.03m. It's eclipsed, just, by Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, although that film's debut of £10.44m was boosted by more extensive previews totalling £3.31m. »

- Charles Gant

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