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'Amazing Spider-Man' scales US box office charts

LOS ANGELES--"The Amazing Spider-Man" scaled to the top of the North American box office this weekend, beating cheeky teddy bear comedy "Ted," industry estimates showed Sunday.

The 3D flick — the latest take on the superhero-turned-cultural-icon — netted US$65 million during its first Friday through Sunday run on the big screen, according to movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Ted," a comedy directed by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane in which Mark Wahlberg's childhood toy comes to life, came in second place with US$32.6 million in tickets sold.

"Brave," Pixar's 3D fairytale about a Scottish princess trying to rescue her mother from an evil witch, prevailed in third place with US$20.2 million.

Oliver Stone's drama "Savages" — based on a Don Winslow novel and featuring a fierce Salma Hayek as the head of a Mexican drug cartel — debuted in fourth place with US$16.2 million.

"Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers, dropped to fifth place with US$15.6 million.

Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection" took the sixth slot with US$10.2 million in sales, while animated hit sequel "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" dipped to seventh place at US$7.7 million.

"Katy Perry: Part of Me" — which gives a glimpse into the pop star's life both on stage and off — started off in eighth place with US$7.2 million.

Ninth went to "Moonrise Kingdom," the latest from director Wes Anderson starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton. The indie coming-of-age film took in US$4.6 million.

Rounding out the top ten was Woody Allen's comedy "To Rome With Love" which earned US$3.5 million. Final figures were due out Monday.

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