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Box office spotlight: R-rated comedies

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1. The Hangover
By the end of its crazy run, this unexpected hit woke up bleary-eyed, with hundreds of millions of dollars in unexplained cash and the title of top-grossing R-rated comedy ever.
Domestic gross: $277.3M
Release date: June ’09

2. The Hangover Part II
Domestic gross: $254.5M
Release date: May ’11

3. Beverly Hills Cop
Eddie Murphy’s first two films (48 HRS. and Trading Places) both did well, but neither broke the $100 million mark. His star-cementing role as displaced Motor City cop Axel Foley, though, helped this action comedy double that number and then some.
Domestic gross: $234.8M
Release date: Dec. ’84

4. Wedding Crashers
Domestic gross: $209.3M
Release date: July ’05

5. Pretty Woman
For Garry Marshall’s 1990 film, it wasn’t just the hooker’s heart that was made of gold. The chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts netted nearly $200 million. Imagine how long it would have taken Vivian to earn that the hard way.
Domestic gross: $178.4M
Release date: March ’90

6. There’s Something About Mary
Domestic gross: $176.5M
Release date: July ’98

7. Bridesmaids
Inexplicably used by Hollywood as a stalking horse for female-driven comedies, Kristen Wiig’s heartfelt matrimonial laughfest was a huge success, knocking out Knocked Up as Judd Apatow’s highest-grossing production.
Domestic gross: $169.1M
Release date: May ’11

8. Scary Movie
Domestic gross: $157.0M
Release date: July ’00

9. Jerry Maguire
Tom Cruise’s lovable sports agent had us at hello, opening at No. 1 in 1996. It proceeded to stick around in the top five for two months.
Domestic gross: $154.0M
Release date: Dec. ’96

10. Beverly Hills Cop II
Domestic gross: $153.7M
Release date: May ’87

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