Ted is the new king of the box office.
July 1, 2012- The movie Ted, a comedy from Universal Pictures, about a teddy bear that talks, debuted over the weekend with sales of $54.1 million to take the No. 1 spot for box office receipts. Magic Mike, a Warner Bros release about male-strippers debuted as well, and took second place with a strong showing of $39.2 million.
Ted’s debut weekend was the third highest R-rated debut for a comedy behind Hangover 2 from last year, which took in $85.9 million, and Sex in the City 2 from 2010 that earned $57 million. However, it was the biggest ever non-sequel R-rated comedy opening.
Taking third place for the weekend was Brave, the Pixar Production that held up well with $34 million for its second weekend. Madea’s Witness Protection from Tyler Perry opened with a solid weekend taking in $26.4 million. The top four combined, earned more during this weekend than the same weekend last year, when Transformers launched and took home $97.9 million alone.
Overseas, two big movies opened ahead of their U.S. scheduled openings. Ice Age: Continental Drift debuted over the weekend with $78 million across 34 international markets. The Amazing Spider-Man debuted in 13 international markets and earned $50.2 million. On Tuesday, Amazing Spider-Man opens in the U.S. market for the start of the long Fourth of July weekend. Ice Age will debut in the U.S. July 13.