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The Hangover Part III has remained the most watched film for the second week running at the UK box office.

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The comedy made £2.9m over the weekend to bring its total haul to £13.5m.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie It kept Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness in the number two and four slots respectively, with the 3D animation Epic taking third place.

Neil Jordan’s vampire film Byzantium, starring Gemma Arterton, placed at number 10, taking an average of just £715 at each of its 160 locations.

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It took a disappointing £114,339 overall in its first weekend. The Hangover Part III Movie download

The final instalment in the Hangover series, which reunites a cast including Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, has failed to make the same impact at the US box office.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie It missed out on the number one slot and its second week figures were down substantially from its predecessor, The Hangover II, in 2011.

The current US number one film, Fast & Furious 6, has now taken more than £21m since opening in the UK three weeks ago.

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1. The Hangover Part III – £2.9m

2. Fast & Furious 6 – £2.05m

3. Epic – £1.9m

4. Star Trek Into Darkness – £1.31m

5. The Great Gatsby – £1.30m

Source: Rentrak

Distributor Universal reported that part six of the car franchise was its biggest-ever three-day opening and the biggest 2D opening of 2013 thus far. The Hangover Part III Movie download

Children’s 3D animation Epic continues to make an impact, crossing the £10m mark over two weeks.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie Based on the book The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bug by William Joyce, the film features the voices of Chris O’Dowd, Beyonce Knowles and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler.

Bollywood offering Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (This Youth Are Crazy) debuted at number nine.

Directed by Ayan Mukherjee and starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, it follows a story of heartbreak, first loves and loss.

Other titles in this week’s Top 10 include thriller The Purge and The Big Wedding, a comedy starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Diane Keaton. The Hangover Part III Movie download

After a rocky winter and spring, the North American box office boomed in May, with revenue reaching $1.14 billion to surpass the record $1.04 billion earned in 2011. Heading into the month, revenue for the year was down a troubling 12 percent over 2012. Now, the gap is 7 percent.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie The bonanza was led by global blockbusters Iron Man 3 and Fast & Furious 6. But they weren’t the only profit-generators. Star Trek Into Darkness has held in especially well, while The Great Gatsby exceeded expectations. Even The Hangover Part III will make money.

All of this is great news for Hollywood, considering the staggering amount of money it takes to make and market a summer tentpole. Numerous studio insiders tell THR that marketing a film worldwide can now cost $175 million. The Hangover Part III Movie download

Below is a glimpse at the financial health of the May tentpoles.

Iron Man 3 (Disney/Marvel Studios)

Budget/marketing: $375 million
Projected global gross: $1.2 billion

Download The Hangover 3 Movie Revenue analysis: May’s biggest grosser is on track to generate profits upward of $400 million for Marvel and Disney, even after gross participants — including Robert Downey Jr. — take their fees, along with the $90 million or so owed Paramount because of its previous distribution deal with Marvel.

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The Great Gatsby (Warners Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures)

Budget/marketing: $280 million
Projected global gross: $345 million

Revenue analysis: Thanks to generous Australian tax incentives, the budget for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D epic was a modest $105 million. With a surprisingly decent domestic haul ($129 million to date) and predictably good global business, Gatsby should result in profits in the $25 million range. The Hangover Part III Movie download

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Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount/Skydance Productions)

Budget/marketing: $365 million
Projected global gross: $490 million

Download The Hangover 3 Movie Revenue analysis: J.J. Abrams‘ sequel is on track to exceed the $385.7 million earned by his 2009 Star Trek. Fueled by a better showing internationally (Paramount expects overseas box office to hit $260 million), it won’t earn as much domestically as that film, but profits should reach $75 million.

Fast & Furious 6 (Universal)

Budget/marketing: $335 million
Projected global gross: $730 million

Revenue analysis: The sixth installment is a blockbuster domestically and abroad. It should turn in a franchise-best performance (Fast Five did $626.1 million in 2011) and reap profits of $200 million or more for Universal and Elliott Management after gross players Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are paid. The Hangover Part III Movie download

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Hangover Part III (Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures)

Budget/marketing: $253 million
Projected global gross: $375 million

Download The Hangover 3 Movie Revenue analysis: The final Hangover won’t reach the level of the sequel ($586.8 million), but it is performing well overseas and has a lower budget than its May rivals, so it still should generate profits of $25 million or more after director Todd Phillips and other gross participants are paid their fees.

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As I mentioned in my last column, if you wanted to see Asian Americans in movies over the Memorial Day weekend, you had two big choices: “Fast & Furious 6,” directed by Justin Lin and featuring Sung Kang, or “The Hangover 3” with Ken Jeong.

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So which one did I end up seeing? “Hangover 3.” Not because I expected to have a great time (as I recounted in this space in 2011, I hated “The Hangover 2.” I couldn’t believe people found variations of men screaming, “What’s going on?!” “How did this happen?!” and “I can’t believe this is happening to us!” funny). But contrary to trailers that barely showed Jeong, who was billed fourth in the credits, the Korean American actor was supposedly “the real star” of this film.

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The film opens with a prison riot in Bangkok and drug dealer and general lowlife Leslie Chow (Jeong) escaping. Then we catch up with the childlike/selfish Alan (Zach Galifianakis), who’s been off his meds and creates a pile-up on the freeway when a giraffe he just bought gets decapitated by an overpass. After this causes another tragedy, his family and friends — Phil, Stu and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Weeks, and Justin Barta, respectively) — stage an intervention to get Alan to agree to go to a clinic in Arizona where he can get his act together once and for all.

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Long story short, the guys meet Chow in Mexico and he convinces the trio to help him break into a Tijuana mansion he used to own, where they can retrieve the gold he stashed and save Doug. Then Chow betrays them in more ways than one. Finally, our hapless heroes pursue Chow to Las Vegas trying to hand him over to Marshall before the deadline.   The Hangover Part III Movie download

Racial slurs:  When giving the guys his ultimatum, Marshall refers derisively to Chow as “some Chinaman” (which is bizarre, because Marshall’s man is Asian). When the gangster says he got, er, screwed over by Chow, Alan testifies, “He does that from time to time,” implying he’s at least bisexual. And at one point when Chow’s desperate to get free, he offers oral sex to one of the trio.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie Overall, though, Leslie Chow comes off as crazy as a fox, confident, and smarter than anyone around him. His presence wasn’t that overbearing as some critics had suggested, and his accent isn’t so strong that it’s distracting or annoying.

After the success of the first “Hangover” film, Jeong’s gotten bit parts in many movies, but he’s yet to announce a starring vehicle. Could he carry his own film?  Yes. He’s got the confidence and comedic talent to pull it off. It just depends on whatever situation he’s placed in. The Hangover Part III Movie download

Now, cynic that I am, I’m assuming Warner Brothers didn’t want to feature Chow too prominently in the trailers, fearing potential customers might think too much of the sociopath and decide to see another movie instead (well, most of them did — they saw “Fast & Furious 6” in droves to a record $120 million, an all-time high for Universal Pictures). But in the future, it would be encouraging to see a big Hollywood studio not shy away from using Asian faces in their promotional clips.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie More Trailer Deception Department: A movie that opened last weekend conveniently left out another big piece of information in its trailers: The name of an Asian American director.

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In the past, the first thing you’d hear in a voiceover would be, “From director M. Night Shyamalan…” But after one continuous critical flop after another, the last one being the universally hated “Last Airbender,” Sony Pictures realized they were better off not trying to use his name as one of the movie’s calling cards. The Hangover Part III Movie download

Heck, they also tried fooling viewers into thinking they’d see more of Will Smith when “After Earth” was actually a vehicle for his son Jaden, who I’ve called “the most hated kid in Hollywood” for his conceited appearances on “Oprah” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Download The Hangover 3 Movie I had a good laugh seeing that this costly $130 million film was only predicted to make between $35-40 million over the weekend, and instead came in third with just $27 million. I’m not so masochistic as to confirm the critics’ hatred for this movie, the director and the star, but it’s now being touted as one of the biggest flops of 2013.

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All of which is karma for Shyamalan, who white-washed “Airbender” by turning the all-Asian/Inuit characters of the cartoon series white except for villains, made the most ridiculous statements in defense of it, and has lost all perspective on his work and how to make a solid film.

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Yunjin Kim and John Schneider in ABC’s “Mistresses”

Too Trashy to Turn Away? Department: ABC’s summer series “Mistresses” debuted Monday night. It’s notable for featuring the return of “Lost’s” Yunjin Kim, who gets second billing to Alyssa Milano.  Four girlfriends — two white, one Asian, and one black — support each other through their crises. Each is touched by infidelity.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie The black woman (Rochelle Aytes) learns her dead husband fathered a child with another woman. A real estate agent (Jes Macallan) may be starting a lesbian relationship with one half of the lesbian couple who are her clients, and a lawyer (Milano) gives in to the advances of her co-worker (Jason George, who’s black) after estrangement from her husband, who’s frustrated over his inability to conceive a child.

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Kim plays Dr. Karen Kim, a psychiatrist who began a short affair with one of her patients, Thomas Grey (John Schneider of “Dukes of Hazzard” fame) after he told her he had a terminal disease. Six weeks later, she attends his funeral. His son Sam stalks her, needing closure because he had a fight with his father just before he died and can’t forgive himself. Sam also knew his dad was having an affair with someone; Kim denies it was her.  The Hangover Part III Movie download

After she demonstrates how his father still loved him even after their fight, Sam starts pursuing Kim. Despite Milano telling her there’s an investigation into Grey’s death (his wife gave him drugs — which Kim supplied — to end his life when the pain became too great) and to cut all ties to the family, Kim begins having an affair with Sam.

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Download The Hangover 3 Movie One friend, after seeing the first episode, said this show set back the cause of women. I can see her point.

This is one of those potentially trashy but too-good-to-turn-away shows that could’ve been more successful had it not been released in the dog days of summer. It got a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 age bracket (as I’ve said before, if you sink below 1.5, your show’s on shaky ground).The Hangover Part III Movie download

While Yunjin Kim played a Korean national on “Lost,” she speaks English and without much of an accent here, so we assume she’s American, which is nice.

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Not a One-Hit Wonder Department: Last year, I mentioned that almost every artist who performed a #1 hit in a foreign language never reached even the Top 40 again with another song. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” peaked at #2 for seven weeks, so maybe that’s why the curse didn’t affect him.

Download The Hangover 3 Movie The South Korean artist’s follow-up, “Gentleman,” got as high as #5, but it only spent five weeks in the Top 40 and is already on its way down. So technically, he’s not a one-hit wonder, but unless he can get a song to stay on the chart for a longer period of time, he may still be remembered as one.

’Til next time, keep your eyes and ears open. The Hangover Part III Movie download

Guy Aoki, co-founder of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, writes from Glendale. He can be reached at guyaoki@yahoo.com. Opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of The Rafu Shimpo.

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