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More moviegoers snuggle up to ‘Ted’ than ‘Magic Mike’

Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) directed “Ted” provided voice talking teddy bear.

Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”) directed “Ted” and provided the voice of the talking teddy bear.

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Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at North American theaters (in millions):

1. Ted $54.1

2. Magic Mike $39.2

3. Brave $34

4. Madea’s Witness ... $26.4

5. Madagascar 3 ... $11.8

6. ... Vampire Hunter $6

7. Prometheus $4.93

8. Moonrise Kingdom $4.9

9. Snow White ... $4.4

10. People Like Us $4.3

Hollywood.com

Updated: August 3, 2012 6:26AM



A lewd teddy bear and male strippers squared off in one of Hollywood’s odder box-office duels, with “Ted” getting the upper paw over “Magic Mike.”

“Ted,” the comedy about a teddy bear brought to foul-mouthed life, took in $54.1 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates. The debut eclipsed most projections.

“Credit a hilarious concept, a funny trailer, above-average reviews and the fact that [director] Seth MacFarlane’s Ted voice is a close, but not exact, version of Peter Griffin [from MacFarlane’s TV show ‘Family Guy’],” says Tim Briody of Boxofficeprophets.com.

The strippers of “Magic Mike” showed lucrative moves as well, becoming the ladies-night-out film of the weekend and collecting $39.2 million. Most analysts expected the film to make about $30 million.

Theaters reported sellouts as groups of “Mike” fans rented out screens and coordinated theater gatherings through Facebook.

The animated fairy tale “Brave” lifted its 10-day total to $131.7 million.

Gannett News Service



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