Box Office: ‘Ted’ beat ‘Magic Mike’

Mark Wahlberg in Ted

  • Don’t get me wrong, Ted looks amazing and all, but I have to admit I really was surprised that it managed to land at the top of the box office with an impressive $54.1 Million haul. I mean … it’s a movie about a talking teddy bear! I guess that’s what I get for underestimating the box office appeal of Seth MacFarlane. I also probably shouldn’t underestimate the buying power of plushies either. Wrong on both fronts there.
  • After the deluge of publicity over Magic Mike, I’m happy that it not only turned out to be pretty good, but that it also did some pretty good numbers. With a budget of only $7 Million, it raked in $39.1 Million, or roughly 5.5 times its budget on its opening weekend. Who knew male celebrity peen would be that powerful? As an added bonus here: Thanks to the combined powers of Ted and Magic Mike, this was officially the highest aggregate box office weekend for June ever. Not too shabby, huh?
  • Just barely getting edged out by Magic Mike, Brave threw another $34 Million into Disney and Pixar’s bank accounts. Also, just putting this out there, but the past three movies to reach #1 at the box office all featured wacky animated bears. Go ahead. Check it out for yourself. There’s no way that’s mere coincidence.
  • The confusingly titled Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection came out to generally little fanfare this weekend, but despite starring both Eugene Levy and Denise Richards as a married couple (Yes, that actully happens) it still managed to earn an impressive $26.3 Million. Although I’m assuming it would have earned more if this didn’t happen: “Hi, I’d like on ticket to Madea’s … Tyler Perry’s … No wait, Tyler Madea- Madea Perry? Screw it, one for Ted please.”
  • You can only ride so far off of Circus Afros, as Madagascar 3 seems to have finally lost its initial steam, though thankfully not before comfortably earning more than its budget back. Anyway, it added a rather nice $11.8 million to its total, which is nothing to sneeze at.
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