As the box office turns more and more to big blockbusters, comedy films seem to be falling apart. People increasingly find it unnecessary to go to a comedy in the theater, and streaming offers moviegoers immediate access to thousands of beloved comedies at home.
With the ever more expensive movie experience, people want their money to be put to good use – big sound, extravagant special effects, and epic stories. In short, films to see in the cinema. Comedies don’t scratch that itch, and big comedies drop steadily. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some big hits over the years.
ten 22 Jump Street (2014) – $ 331 million
21 rue du saut was a surprising critical and commercial success, resulting in a hilarious sequel that endlessly spoofed and mocked the tropes of unnecessary sequels. Fortunately, the film wasn’t too smart for its own good, and it turned out to be a major commercial success. The film debuted at # 1 with an opening weekend of $ 57 million and spent five weeks in the top five.
He finished his indoor run with a very respectable gross amount of $ 191.7 million, and combined with the $ 139 million in international revenue, 22 rue du saut won $ 331.3 million at the global box office.
9 The Hangover Part III (2013) – $ 362 million
The Hangover Part III was a huge critical disappointment, and while his experimentation and surprising genre shift is to be commended, it didn’t really work. However, the negative critical reception did not stop audiences from flocking to the theater. The film opened at No.2 over Memorial Day weekend with a four-day gross of $ 62 million.
He spent three weeks in the top ten, finishing his national run with $ 112.1 million. Fortunately, the film was backed by its international gross of $ 249 million, which resulted in a worldwide take of $ 362 million.
8 Shazam! (2019) – $ 365 million
Although technically a superhero movie, Shazam! is just funny and knowingly meta enough to qualify as a comedy. Despite its little-known sources, Shazam! opened at No.1 with a solid gross of $ 56 million. The film had strong legs and spent five weeks in the top ten – including two in No. 1 – ending its nationwide tour with $ 140.3 million.
Shazam! also earned $ 225 million in the international market, resulting in a gross worldwide box office of $ 365.9 million. Basically an opening weekend for one of the mega-blockbusters, but a solid finish for a superhero comedy with relatively unknown sources.
7 Ted (2012) – $ 549 million
Co-written, directed and performed by Seth MacFarlane, Ted was a massive and rather surprising commercial success. The comedy was produced for a decent $ 50 million, but made it all in its opening weekend, starting at No.1 with $ 54.4 million.
The film had stellar legs for a comedy, spending seven weeks in the top ten and finishing its national run with $ 218.6 million. Ted also performed fantastic in the international market, totaling $ 330 million for worldwide gross of $ 549.3 million. It was the highest grossing comedy of the 2010s that wasn’t based on previously existing material.
6 The Hangover Part II (2011) – $ 586 million
The hangover was a huge success, so Warner Bros. immediately ordered a sequel. The Hangover Part II even better than its predecessor, which is quite an achievement considering The hangover was the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever.
Part II was made for $ 80 million and grossed $ 135 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. He spent five weeks in the top ten and finished with $ 254.4 million. It grossed $ 586.7 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing R-rated comedy ever made at the time.
5 Men in Black 3 (2012) – $ 624 million
A unique blend of science fiction, action and comedy, Men in black 3 was another surprise success. Ten years after its predecessor, Sony has played big with Men in black 3 and invests more than 225 million dollars in its production. It opened at No.1 over Memorial Day weekend 2012, with gross income of $ 69.2 million.
However, word of mouth kept him in the top ten for five weeks, and he finished with $ 179 million. The international market contributed to its success with a gross amount of $ 445 million resulting in a global take of $ 624 million.
4 Deadpool 2 (2018) – $ 734 million
Deadpool 2 was released two years after its iconic original. This one was designed for a much more robust $ 110 million and has proven to be equally successful at the global box office. The film debuted at No.1 with $ 125 million and grossed $ 53 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.
In just two weeks, he had grossed $ 218.5 million. Deadpool 2 finished its domestic run with $ 318.4 million and grossed $ 416 million internationally, for a worldwide gross of $ 734.5 million.
3 Deadpool (2016) – $ 782 million
Hype for dead Pool was incredibly high thanks to very strong marketing and the star power of frontman Ryan Reynolds. The film was made for just $ 58 million, a rather modest sum for a superhero comedy. Fox got his money back and more. The film debuted with $ 152 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend and spent three straight weeks in the No.1 spot.
He spent eight weeks in the top ten and finished his national run with a stellar amount of $ 363 million. Combined with international revenues of $ 419 million, dead Pool racked up $ 782.6 million at the global box office.
2 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) – $ 800 million
Serving as a direct sequel to the original surprise 2017, Jumanji: the next level got good reviews and a very good box office performance. The film opened at No.1 on the weekend of Dec. 13-15 with $ 59.2 million.
Like its predecessor, the film had stellar legs and spent eleven weeks in the top ten before finally being moved to the weekend of February 28 through March 1. It finished with $ 316.7 million and $ 479 million internationally for a gross worldwide box office of bang- over $ 800 million.
1 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – $ 962 million
The surprise hit of all surprise hits, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a monumental smash for Sony. The film opened over the 2017 Christmas long weekend and grossed $ 55.3 million, if not overwhelming. However, the film had incredibly strong legs, spending twelve straight weeks in the top ten until it was finally moved to March.
He finished his national run with a spectacular $ 404.5 million – even rivaling The Last Jedi. Combined with $ 557 million in international revenue, Welcome to the jungle finished his global run with $ 962 million.
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