What Happens in Vegas is a 2008 romantic comedy film from 20th Century Fox starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.
In New York City
, high-strung stockbroker Joy (Cameron Diaz
) is dumped by her fiancee
at his surprise birthday she threw for him infront of all their friends, and easy-going carpenter
Jack (Ashton Kutcher
) is fired from his job by his father. Both become emotionally distraught and travel to Las Vegas
with their best friends. They meet by chance when they are given the same hotel room because of a computer error. After clearing up the misunderstanding and receiving and upgraded rooms and coupons to various clubs, they party and drink together and Joy and Jack end up getting married
. The next morning, they realize it was a mistake and decide to divorce. Before they do so, Jack uses a quarter Joy gave him in a slot machine. He hits a $3,000,000 USD jackpot
and Joy reminds Jack they are married and is entitled to some of the money. The couple returns to New York, where they attempt to divorce. Their judge
) declares that the couple cannot divorce until they attempt to co-exist for six months, while attending weekly sessions with a marriage counselor
). If they work at the marriage but still want to divorce after six months, each will be permitted to keep half the winnings from Las Vegas
. If either party does not cooperate, their fortune will be tied up in litigation by the judge. The newlyweds devise more and more cunning schemes to undermine one another such as, Jack telling Joy that their counseling session is cancelled to prove she's not comitted, and Joy inviting hot girls to their appartment to try to get Jack to cheat on her. They do this to keep the other's share. At Joy's job retreat, Jack and Joy ironically find themselves developing an unexpected sexual attraction to one another and they soon realize that being with eachother has brought out the best in both of them..
Twentieth Century Fox held the world premiere of What Happens in Vegas
on May 1, 2008 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, CA.
Its London premiere was at the Odeon in Leicester Square
. It opened in wide release in the United States on May 9
American Big Brother 9 housemates Ryan and Sharon were given a special screening of the film after winning a "luxury competition" in April. They were also awarded tickets to the May 1 Hollywood premiere.
What Happens in Vegas
was released on DVD
on 26 August 2008. The DVD
is sold in 1-disc and 2-disc special editions (The Extended “Jackpot” Editions). The 2-disc special edition includes director commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers, and a digital copy of Windows Media and Apple Quicktime.
Box office performance
In its opening weekend, the film grossed $20,172,474 in 3,215 theaters in the United States
, ranking #2 at the box office, behind Iron Man
, but ahead of the highly-anticipated Speed Racer
and averaging $6,274 per venue. As of 26th August 2008, it has grossed a total of $211,600,204 worldwide — $80,250,204 in the United States and Canada and $131,350,000 in other territories, which makes the film a financial success, given its production budget of $35 million.