Foul-mouthed `Ted` tops weekend box office with $54.1m revenue

Updated: Jul 02, 2012, 14:04 PM IST

Los Angeles: ‘Ted’, the Mark Wahlberg-Seth MacFarlane stuffed-animal comedy, gave a jolt to the Avengers-dominated summer, blowing away last week’s ‘Brave’ with a 54.1 million dollars Friday-Sunday debut.

The Channing Tatum stripper comedy-drama ‘Magic Mike’ was a star, too, with a 39.2-million-dollar debut that was good for second place.
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Tyler Perry’s latest ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ opened with 26.4 million dollars, E!Online reported.

In its second week, reigning-champ ‘Brave’ held well but still got trampled on, and dropped two places, down to third.

Pegged to open with about 30 million dollars, Tatum’s earlier 2012 hit, ‘21 Jump Street’, ‘Ted’ ended up performing like ‘Men in Black 3’ — at one-fourth the budget expense.

It goes down as the eighth-biggest R-rated opener ever, and the single biggest non-sequel R-rated comedy, topping even ‘The Hangover’.

The opening-weekend audience looked like a convention for MacFarlane’s ‘Family Guy’, with the movie, which marked the animator’s big-screen directing debut, drawing heavily and mainly among young men.

‘Magic Mike’ was an even bigger bottom-line success story than ‘Ted’. Reputedly made for just 7 million dollars, the Steven Soderbergh film outgrossed its production cost by more than five times.

The only film that didn’t join in the fun was Chris Pine’s ‘People Like Us’. The new 16-million-dollar drama got left behind, averaging less than 2,100 dollars per screen for a weak 4.4-milion-dollar start.

Also on the sidelines was ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, the big-budget action movie that was supposed to open this weekend, but instead drew a late-in-the-game benching, which opened up a spot for ‘Ted’, originally slated for a mid-July release.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise’s ‘Rock of Ages’ dropped out of the Top 10 after just a two-week stay.

The same went for Adam Sandler’s ‘That’s My Boy’. Domestically, the two disappointments have grossed 34.9 million dollars and 34.3 million dollars, respectively.

The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

Ted – 54.1 million dollars
Magic Mike – 39.2 million dollars
Brave – 34 million dollars
Madea’s Witness Protection – 26.4 million dollars
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – 11.8 million dollars
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – 6 million dollars
Prometheus – 4.9 million dollars
Moonrise Kingdom – 4.87 million dollars
Snow White and the Huntsman – 4.4 million dollars
People Like Us – 4.3 million dollars