The Hangover became a phenomenon across the world when it first released in 2009, but the sequel failed to make the same impact. Despite earning more money at the worldwide box office, The Hangover Part II was critically derided and felt like a cop-out. However, the third Hangover film promised a return to Las Vegas and the trailers all managed to make the film look like a return to form for the Wolfpack.
However, the film has unfortunately gotten off to quite a slow start, at least when you take midnight grosses into account. Midnight screenings are a notoriously unreliable way of measuring total performance, but the Hangover Part III's midnight grosses is much lower than the midnight grosses for The Hangover Part II.
The Hangover Part II made $10.4 million when midnight grosses when it released in 2011, setting a new record for a rated R comedy. However, The Hangover Part III only managed to earn $3 million. This could be attributed to tough competition [Fast and Furious 6 also released this weekend] and negative reviews.
Overall, the Hangover Part III's predicted to open around $85 million, which will still be a very strong gross for the comedy. The film stars returning stars Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong as well as new additions Melissa McCarthy and John Goodman.