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'Hangover 3' second at box office, but one formerly homeless LA woman's still benefiting

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Comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis arrives for the European Premiere of 'The Hangover Part 3' in London on May 22, 2013.

“The Hangover Part III” is coming in second for the weekend so far at press team, with $26.3 million to $38.2 million for “Fast & Furious 6,” despite opening a day earlier, according to Box Office Mojo. “Hangover 3” is also down from the two-day opening of the last Hangover movie, though it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison given the new film’s Thursday opening as it dodged “Fast 6.”

However, one Hangover bright spot this week was the story of star Zach Galifianakis’s generosity toward someone he knew back in his early days in Los Angeles, 87-year-old Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist. They first met in 1994 as a young Galifianakis went to a laundromat where Haist volunteered, living off patrons’ tips, according to the New York Daily News.

When Galifianakis found out two years ago that she was homeless, he set her up in a Santa Monica apartment that he pays the rent on. He’s also started bringing the woman who’s 44 years his senior as his date to movie premieres, including this past Monday’s “Hangover 3” premiere, along with “The Campaign” and “Hangover 2.”

“If [Zach’s] in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It’s fun, not something I’ve ever dreamed I’d experience. The limo takes me home afterwards,” Haist told the Daily News. “Afterwards, they have a party at somewhere close by and you meet the stars. I drink lemon drop martinis with Grey Goose vodka.”

The celebrity treatment doesn’t stop there for Haist — Galifianakis introduced her to actress Renee Zellweger, according to the Daily News, who furnished Haist’s apartment and buys groceries for her. Haist’s story went viral this week, with almost a million views on Imgur.

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