"The Hangover 2" Blitzes the Holiday Weekend Box Office

Posted Saturday May 28, 2011 1:20 PM GMT

Performing as expected, "The Hangover 2" has easily claimed a decided lead in box office earnings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Having opened on Thursday night, the Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis starring sequel raced out to a sizable lead with projected 5-day earnings situated at $139 million.

By no means a poor performance - yet quite a ways behind "The Hangover 2" - is second place garnering film "Kung Fu Panda 2," as the Jack Black and Angelina Jolie animated tale is on pace to pull in $65 million over the 5-day opening weekend run.

Rounding out the approximated top five this weekend are "Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 3D" ($50 million), "Bridesmaids" ($20.6 million) and "Thor 3D" ($12 million).