Film Franchises: The Hangover Trilogy

Check the next edition of my Film Franchise Series over at That Moment In…. This week – The Hangover series

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Over the years, many studios have tried to find ways to take the same idea that worked once, switch it around a bit and then re-market it as a sequel or even a remake.

This week, let’s discuss a series that evolved from one good idea about friendship which just copied the same plot idea in three separate films. Of course, we’re talking about the Hangover Trilogy.

Here’s a bit of stats about the 3 movies (Figures from BoxOffice Mojo)

Release YearBudgetOpening weekend grossTotal Domestic GrossTotal Worldwide Gross
The Hangover2009$35M$45M$277M$467M
The Hangover Part II2011$80M$86M$254M$587M
The Hangover Part III2013$103M$42M$112M$362M

When the first movie became an overnight surprise success, the makers decided to try and capitalize on the same idea two more times. While neither sequel did as well financially (or storywise) as…

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