'Bridesmaids' becomes the highest-grossing Judd Apatow movie: Which is your favorite?


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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:

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  • JILL

    I think Beyonce said it best…Who Runs the World…Girls!

    • Tiffany

      I thought that Bridesmaids was funny, but more than that, it was a good movie. It said very interesting things about living in 2011 and how that impacts your job, your relationship with friends, and how you see yourself.

      I don’t give these props to Judd, though. He just put up the money. I give the biggest kudos to the folks that created/wrote it: THE LADIES! Kristen Wiig and her writing partner.

  • Joseph

    How about “none of the above.” All those movies were unwatchable pieces of junk.

    • LMFAO

      Clown ^^^^^^

    • Melissa

      Awwww,Joseph has no sense of humor. Granted some of those movies stunk up the theatre big time, but several of them were quite funny – The 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Anchorman. However, the very best movie in the bunch is Bridesmaids. I had so wished there was a 5 minute intermission right after the food poisioning scene so I could compose myself. I was laughing/crying/guffawing so hard I could barely breathe. But lets face it, it was written by the wonderful Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, and all the actresses were sensational!

      • LOL

        (Judd wrote the food poisoning scene, although he isn’t credited as a writer)

      • Melissa

        Yeah, I knew that as I was watching a repeat of The View this morning and the ladies were being interviewed. Still the best movie of the bunch though.

      • Cindy

        Actually the script was written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Kristen’s friend and writing partner. Maya Rudolph had nothing to do with writing this movie.

    • Joseph’s Right Hand

      I assisted in Joseph masturbating while he watched this movie. He came during the scenes featuring Jon Hamm… I feel very unclean, cramped, and tired right now…

    • Fingerlakes Dave

      I’ll second that statement if it hasn’t been already!

  • jackjackmcmack

    Close call between Bridesmaids and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Along with Anchorman you could totally watch these movies like 10,000x and never be bored. Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin on the other hand? More than 2 viewings total in my whole life would make me want to kick, scream, cry and tear my hair out.

    Bridesmaids!!!!!!!!! –watch the spelling of this blog post title! yikes!

    • Melissa

      I was torn between Bridesmaids and FSM too!

      • Adrienne

        Same here. I went with FSM because I have seen it 20+ times.

    • jcb1628

      It is like you wrote this from inside my brain! I thought I was alone in not really liking 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

  • Stacie

    Heavyweights is my favortie Apatow movie of all time. Anchorman being second.

    • Will

      Ahh memories! Love Heavyweights!

    • mjg


  • LOL

    Judd A. has an impressive track record. Many of those are among my all-time favorite comedies.

    • “F*** you San Diego”

      I agree hes a funny mofo my favorite so far is funny people I know a lot of people hated it but I thought it was hella funny and had the perfect amount of dramaticness haha. anchorman and bridesmaids tie for second then sarah marshall IMO

      • Tulip

        Um… “dramaticness” isn’t a word. And there are things called capital letters. Use them. Try to at least seem literate.

      • “F*** you San Diego”

        calm down I’m sorry I guess… and I am literate no need to be rude

  • Will

    I’ve loved many of the Apatow films, but I’ve seen Bridesmaids 4 times now, and I’m still laughing myself into a stomach ache.

  • lefty

    That’s quite the docket of accomplishments. I found myself very torn, since I loved all of them (except Talladega Nights and Kicking and Screaming, which I never saw), but the edge has to go to Superbad for me. I guess that movie came to me at the right time of my life (19) and every. single. line makes me laugh. Same can be said for Pineapple Express, Anchorman, Bridesmaids and Step Brothers though

  • Krystal

    I loved bridesmaids but I love all of his movies except year one. Superbad was just awesome. I quote almost all of Apatow’s movies on a daily basis.”I love scotch scotchy scotch scotch.”

  • Butters

    Superbad! Because I too had to eat dessert alone like I was f***ing Charlie Glansberg.

  • eliott256


    • tracy bluth

      I ate a big red candle.

  • Lauren

    Bridesmaids is a close second to Superbad for me. I love, love that movie. Sooooo funny and it actually ends up being really sincere.

    • Cindy

      Well that’s the great thing about Judd Apatow movies they always end up being sincere or a life lesson learned.

    • Dave

      I agree. Superbad is my number 1. In the last decade, no movie has made me laugh as much. I’ve watched it so many times, and I still laugh like it’s the first time.

  • Julie

    40 YO Virgin is head and shoulders above the rest, especially the hugely overrated “Bridesmaids.”

  • Oslo

    Walk Hard is just an astonishingly hilarious movie. Miles and miles above all the others. It’s without a doubt the best Apatow has produced, but it’s a pity it totally bombed…

    • Nick

      That’s because Walk Hard was BAD! REAL BAD! Love his other movies though.

    • Gabe

      2nd for Walk Hard. Brilliant, probably the best comedy of the last 10 years. Far superior to the others on the list.

  • tracy bluth

    A tie between Anchorman and 40 Year Old Virgin. I loved Bridesmaids, but the rushed resolution between Helen and Annie (were we really supposed to feel sorry for Helen just because her rich husband isn’t there a lot? Really?) kept it from being perfect. I also love Superbad, Step Brothers, and Knocked Up. I hated Funny People, though.

  • taylor

    Pineapple Express!

    Knocked Up and Step Brothers are a close second and third though.

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