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'Ted' beats the stuffing out of 'Magic Mike'

By Todd Cunningham

Universal's "Ted," Seth MacFarlane's tale of a potty-mouthed teddy bear come to life, beat the stuffing out of its box office rivals and pre-release projections with a stunning $54.1 million debut weekend.

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Another of the weekend's R-rated openers, Channing Tatum's "Magic Mike," shook its box-office booty, bump-and-grinding its way to $39.1 million for Warner Bros., well beyond expectations. The audience for the No. 2 movie, not surprisingly, was 73 female.

Both of them topped last week's No. 1 "Brave," as audiences went for raunch rather than the family fare that has dominated the past three weeks. Disney's latest Pixar film still made $34 million for third place, upping its domestic total to $133 million in two weeks.

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"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" bowed to $26.3 million over the three days to claim the No. 4 spot for Lionsgate. Also R-rated, it averaged $12,193 on 2,163 locations.

"Ted" was a knockout feature film debut for MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "Family Guy" who wrote, directed and voiced the title character "Ted." Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi co-star. The production budget on the R-rated comedy was $50 million, with Media Rights Capital financing.

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"Ted" played on 3,239 screens -- none 3D, like "Magic Mike" -- and rolled up a $16,705 per-screen average. The audiences broke down 56 percent male, 52 percent under 30, a broader demographic than the tracking -- which had skewed male and younger -- had indicated.  They gave the movie an "A-" CinemaScore.

"The marketing department did a great job early on of getting the word out to the target group -- adult comedy fans -- that this was a great movie," Universal's domestic distribution chief Nikki Rocco told TheWrap Sunday. "The talent worked hard promoting it and showing they were invested, too."

"Magic Mike," made for just $7 million, represents a major win for Warners. It played on 2,930 screens, and had a $13,363 per-screen average.   

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DreamWorks' "People Like Us," the directing debut of writer Alex Kurtzman, missed out on the box-office bounty, opening to just $4.2 million.

Sony's "Men in Black 3" added $2.9 million over the weekend and in the process became the highest-grossing film in the franchise. It made $6.4 million overseas upping its worldwide gross to $599.4 million and surpassing the original "Men in Black," which made $589 million globally in 1997. Its domestic gross is $169.6 million.

"Ted" reign looks to be short-lived, with Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" to debut with midnight shows Monday night. The film debuted in 13 mainly Asian overseas markets and took in $50.2 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from the weekend:
"Ted," $53.1 million
"Magic Mike," $39.1 million
"Brave," $34 million
"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $26.3 million
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $11.8 million
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' $6 million
"Prometheus," $4.9 million
"Snow White and the Huntsman," $4.4 million
"People Like Us," $4.3 million
"The Avengers," $4.2 million

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Jul 4, 2012 9:13AM
Of course it did.... Magic Mike did fine with it's target audience but why would any hetro male or gay female want to see it?..... And I don't think the fact that I don't  really care to see a movie about naked men makes me a homophobe. I'm just not interested.
Jul 2, 2012 10:16AM
That's because as usual homophobic men rule the world. Scared of stepping outside their sexuality box but overly brazen in their vulgarity and degradation of women.
Jul 2, 2012 8:43AM
Magic Mike was actually great love Channing Tatum! I dont' get into the whole stripper guy thing, but movie was still great!
Jul 2, 2012 8:35AM
Magic Mike is sexist and very offensive.  Clearly not a film for a "real" lady.  This flick only adds to the moral decal of this once great nation. 
Jul 2, 2012 8:24AM
Young Caesar...nah, we've seen the results of these movies in the past, like Alexander, coulda been a huge Gladiator type movie, but...
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