Raunchy teddy bear 'Ted' laughs its way to head of
AFPLOS ANGELES--“Ted,” a comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and his raunchy teddy bear pal, topped the North American box office this weekend, besting the male strippers of “Magic Mike,” industry estimates showed Sunday.
July 3, 2012, 12:36 am TWN
“Ted” — a film directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane in which Wahlberg's childhood toy comes to life — earned US$54.1 million in its debut, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
“Magic Mike,” starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers, raked in US$39.2 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend.
“Brave,” Pixar's 3D fairytale about a Scottish princess trying to rescue her mother from an evil witch, dropped from first to third place, taking in US$34 million.
Tyler Perry's “Madea's Witness Protection” debuted in fourth place with US$26.35 million in ticket sales. Animated hit sequel “Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted” dropped to fifth place at US$11.8 million.
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” a slasher flick casting America's 16th president as a crusader against both slavery and vampires, earned US$6 million for sixth place.
It was followed by Ridley Scott's sci-fi adventure “Prometheus” with US$4.9 million in ticket sales.
Eighth place 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$4.87 million.
“Snow White and the Huntsman,” a new twist on the classic fairy tale starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, finished in ninth place with US$4.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was family drama “People Like Us,” which took in US$4.3 million in its opening weekend.