Bridesmaids becomes Apatow’s highest grossing flick

Bridesmaids has become uberproducer Judd Apatow’s biggest hit  in the United States, outgrossing his earlier productions Knocked Up, Superbad, Talladega Nights and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The Paul Feig-directed feature, written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, has become the sleeper hit of the U.S. blockbuster season, taking home $152 million domestically after almost two months in cinemas. It has even outdone tentpole flicks such as X-Men: First Class ($138 million) and Super 8 ($108 million).

The raunchy wedding flick has also trumped Sex and the City as the top (American) R-rated female comedy of all time.

Although the pic has only grossed $187 million worldwide (lagging behind Knocked Up‘s $219 million worldwide tally), it is yet to roll out in a number of international territories. It’s American success has been replicated in Australia however, where the film has already claimed $13 million in two weeks (Knocked Up took six weeks to gross that much back in 2007).

Apatow emailed Nikki Finke (the Deadline reporter who presumed the flick would tank) with the following not-so-contrite message:

“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 Bridesmaid‘s opinions and predictions and that will soothe me.”

Oooooh, snap.

Discuss: Is Bridesmaids worthy of such box office success?

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