The $68 million comedy, reuniting MacFarlane with Mark Wahlberg, eked out a third-place finish, grossing a disappointing $32.9 million. That’s nearly 40 percent behind the $54.4 million launch of Ted in summer 2012. Overseas, the comedy, from Media Rights Capital and Universal, opened to $20.3 million from 26 markets for a global launch of $53.2 million.
Granted, the first film didn’t face competition from two giant tentpoles, as Ted 2 did from Universal’s Jurassic World and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, which continued to claim the top two spots.
Jurassic World, one of the biggest box-office sensations in history, grossed $54.2 million in its third outing to hit $500 million, becoming only the fifth film to earn $500 million or more domestically. The others are The Dark Knight ($534.9 million), The Avengers ($623.4 million), Titanic ($658.7 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million). To boot, it’s now the top-grossing film of 2015 to date after overtaking Avengers: Age of Ultron ($452.5 million).
Internationally, the dinos also continued their rampage unabated, topping the foreign chart with $82.5 million from 66 markets for an offshore total of $737.5 million and global haul of $1.238 billion, stomping past Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion) to become the No. 8 title of all time, not accounting for inflation.
In North America, Jurassic World is estimated to have narrowly won the weekend in a close contest with Inside Out, which is likewise a big summer winner.
The Pixar movie fell a mere 42 percent in its second outing to $52.1 million for an early domestic total of $184.9 million. Overseas, the critically acclaimed film earned $26.4 million as it expanded into a total of 42 markets for a foreign cume of $81.5 million and worldwide tally of $266.4 million.
Other headlines internationally were Minions and Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Genisys, both of which are opening early overseas. Minions, now in its second weekend of play offshore, grossed a stellar $36 million from 10 markets for an early foreign total of $51.7 million, including a $16.1 million launch in the U.K.
Terminator: Genisys, which launched in 10 tiny markets this weekend ahead of its July 1 North American launch, grossing a promising $8.3 million to pace 20 percent ahead of Terminator: Salvation. The weekend was led by Singapore ($1.4 million). The movie, starring Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke, also opened in Colombia, Peru, Vietnam and Turkey, among other territories.
Like Ted 2, however, Terminator: Genisys will have to battle the holdover power of Jurassic World and Inside Out when opening in the rest of the world.
Ted 2, about the adventures of a raunchy bear and his sidekick (MacFarlane voices the bear) was tracking to open in the mid- to high-$40 million range, but bad reviews and a B+ CinemaScore are likely hurt it (the first earned an A-).
The original Ted was a box-office sensation, grossing $549.4 million to become one of the top R-rated comedies of all time.
“You have to remember that no one expected Ted to do what it did,” said Universal domestic distribution chief Nicholas Carpou. “So for Ted 2 to do $33 million in a very crowded weekend isn’t bad. And we have a very good chance of playing out. Ted 2 will be a successful film for us.”
MacFarlane produced the live action/CG-animated sequel alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Jason Clark and John Jacobs. The sequel adds Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery and Morgan Freeman, while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes a cameo. Males made up nearly 60 percent of the audience (hardly a surprise), with a relatively even split among those over and under the age of 25.
The weekend’s other new nationwide offering, the canine friendly Max, opened to $12.2 million to place No. 4.
From MGM, costing less than $20 million to make, follows the relationship between a dog who returns from service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death, and the dead Marine’s brother, with whom the dog develops a relationship. The movie got an A CinemaScore.
Rounding out the top five was Paul Feig‘s Spy, which continued to hold nicely in its fourth weekend, grossing $7.8 million for a domestic total of $88.4 million. Worldwide, the spy spoof, starring Melissa McCarthy, has now earned $195 million.
Warner Bros. is releasing and marketing Max on behalf of MGM. Also this weekend, Warners released the documentary Batkid Begins in four theaters in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. The doc, about the young boy with cancer who galvanized the nation when his wish was to become “Batkid,” grossed $23,000 for a location average of $5,865.
Among other new limited releases, director Alan Rickman‘s historical drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, debuted in 83 theaters, earning a tepid $186,000 for a location average of $2,241 for Focus World.
Among specialty holdovers, Sundance Film Festival favorite Me and Earl and the Dying Girl continued its expansion, grossing $992,000 in its third weekend from 354 theaters for a cume of $1.9 million. The Fox Searchlight title is doing well in art house cinemas, but is finding it hard to compete in commercial theaters.
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