Americans around $280 million at the movies from Friday to Monday, surpassing the previous high Memorial Day record of $255 million set in 2007, and blowing the $192.7 million in 2010′s. That’s good news for Hollywood, which in late April the sales were down 17 percent and attendance had fallen 18 percent compared to the 2010.
This weekend theaters were packed. Leading the charge was “The Hangover Part II,” The movie earned $137.4 million over five days in North America, according to Warner Bros. the biggest debut for any R-rated comedy ever. But No film in 2011 has surpassed the $100 million mark domestically in its first three days of release, accomplished by 2 films “Toy Story 3″ and “Iron Man 2.”
The first “Hangover” was a surprise hit overseas, collecting $190 million. The second film is on its way toward that figure, having already taken in $59 million abroad this past weekend.