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Raunchy teddy bear 'Ted' laughs its way to head of

LOS 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.

"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.

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