‘Zoolander 2’ trailer scores record traffic for a comedy film in its first week

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Paramount Pictures reports that the "Zoolander 2" trailer was the hot stepper in its first week of release, racking up 52.5M views online; the most for any comedy trailer ever. The sequel to the 2001 comedy opens on February 12 next year. 

Stiller reprises his role as the dimwitted Derek Zoolander along with Owen Wilson as rival model Hansel, and Will Ferrell as the notorious fashion mogul Mugatu. Derek and Hansel are hired by Interpol agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) to uncover a plot where the world’s most beautiful, i.e. Justin Bieber, are being killed.

Also along for the ride are Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor, Justin Theroux, Kyle Mooney and Benedict Cumberbatch. Justin Theroux, Stiller, Nick Stoller and John Hamburg wrote the sequel. Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Scott Rudin and Clayton Townsend are producing. Jeff Mann is executive producing.

The first "Zoolander" opened on Sept. 28, 2001 to $15.5M stateside, and finaled with a domestic take of $45.17M and a global gross of $60.8M.

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