Bridesmaids officially became the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced movie at the domestic box office yesterday. After 49 days in theaters, the raunchy female comedy has pulled in an impressive $149.4 million, edging out Apatow’s previous best performer, Knocked Up, which earned $148.7 million in 2008. Apatow has already taken some time to gloat to Deadline’s Nikki Finke, who (along with many others) predicted the film would stall at the box office: “I am so delighted to confirm that I was right and you were wrong… From now on when you say something which hurts me, I will remember to read your early Bridesmaids opinions and predictions and that will soothe me.” Ouch!
Bridesmaids opened to a solid $26.2 million in its first weekend in May, and in the frames that followed, it displayed remarkable resilience. While most other summer movies were falling by about 40-60 percent per weekend, the bridal comedy posted tiny drops of just 20, 21, 27, 16, 30, and 26 percent over the next seven weekends, signaling terrific word-of-mouth. The honeymoon isn’t over for Bridesmaids, either – the Kristin Wiig laugher is still raking in money, and it should have no trouble breaking the $160M plateau in a few weeks. Congrats, ladies!
It may have made the most money, but is Bridesmaids at the top of your Apatow rankings? How does the comedy stack up against the super-producer’s other hits like Anchorman, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Step Brothers? Vote in the poll below: