Hollywood has wasted no time anointing its new golden boys of comedy.
Somewhere toward the end of the weekend, when it became apparent that “The Hangover 2″ was absolutely destroying at the box office, someone commented online that between “The Hangover” and “Bridesmaids” the future is looking bright for R-rated comedies. Somewhere inside the 13 year-old inside of me gave the grown-up me a giddy high five.
The cast of “The Hangover 2″ didn’t need an assist from Mike Tyson this time around. Despite the litigation over Iron Mike’s face tattoo the movie opened as planned and cruised to 200 million dollars right out of the gate, setting a biggest-weekend ever record for a comedy.
And just like that, a franchise was born.
Deadline first reported today that Warner Bros. had already committed to a third installment of “The Hangover,” despite having no options on a third go-round. “The Hangover 3″ will also be written by Craig Mazin. Of course, each hangover gets more expensive to make. Deadline reports that Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms got less than $1 million combined to make the first “Hangover,” and a combined $15 million to make the sequel. And Todd Phillips apparently scored around $10 million for a directing fee as well as a profit sharing deal.
Long live the R-rated comedy. “The Hangover” could be to the 20-teens what the “Vacation” movies were to the late ’80s. Let’s just hope they don’t make the next one in 3D—a sure sign that any franchise has jumped the shark.