The Hangover Part III

The Hangover Part III

The Hangover film series is one of the most successful comedy franchises ever and the third and final instalment hits the big screen this week.

With the release of The Hangover Part III it looks set to become the most successful comedy franchise of all time at the end of its theatrical run.

So we take a look at some of the comedy franchises that have done the business at the box office over the years.

Meet The Parents - $1.157 billion

It was back in 2000 when we were introduced to Greg Focker and Jack Byrnes for the first time and since then it the movies have been box office gold.

2004 and 2010 saw the release of Meet The Fockers and Little Fockers and the trilogy has grossed in excess of $1.1 billion at the global box office.

The movie saw Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller team up while Jay Roach directed the first two films and Paul Weitz the third.

Meet the Fockers remains the most successful film in the franchise as it grossed over $516 million in 2004.

Meet The Parents

The Hangover - $1,056 billion

With just two movies The Hangover has turned itself into a billion dollar franchise - not to mention launched the careers of many of the actors involved.

It was back in 2009 when the Wolfpack hit the big screen for the first time and it was one of the sleeper hits of the year.

Rather unexpectedly the film took over $467 million and a comedy franchise was born. Two years later and Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis were back for Part II.

So far The Hangover Part II has been the most successful instalment as it took $581 million worldwide.

But The Hangover Part III has the potential to be the biggest film of the series as the franchise goes out with a bang.

The Hangover

Home Alone - $914 million

Home Alone made Macaulay Culkin a household name back in 1990 as he took on the role of Kevin, a young boy who is accidentally left at home by his family.

Since then four movies have followed - only three got a theatrical release - and the Home Alone franchise has become one of the most successful comedy series of all time.

Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Home Alone 3 spanned from 1990 to 1997 and the franchise grossed over $914.

The franchise turned Culkin into a star and Home Alone is widely regarded as one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

Home Alone

Rush Hour - $845 million

You have got to love a good buddy movie and in 1998 we got a great one as Jackie Chan teamed up with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour.

The pair proved to be a potent mix as Chan brought his great action moves while Tucker delivered the comedy.

The action/comedy opened at #1 in the U.S. and grossed over $244 and a franchise was born.

Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3 hit the big screen in 2001 and 2007 with Chan and Tucker returning to the roles of Cater and Lee - while Brett Ratner has been at the helm of the trilogy.

Rush Hour 2 has been the most successful of the trilogy at the box office but collectively the series has taken in excess of $845 million.

Rush Hour

Scary Movie - $844 million

Hard to believe but it was over a decade ago since we were introduced to the Scary Movie franchise for the first time - a series of films that focused on parodying horror movies.

Since the first release in 2000 four more movies have followed - Scary Movie 5 being the most recent earlier this year.

The first movie is the most financially successful of them all while Scary Move 5 has been the worst performer at the box office.

And while none of the movies have taken in colossal amounts of money together the film have grossed in excess of $844 million.

Scary Movie 5

Other comedy movies that have hit a chord with audiences include Beverly Hills Cop which has grossed $712 million and Austin Powers which took $670 million.

The Hangover Part III is released 23rd May.

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