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Ted and Magic Mike have magic opening weekends

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, July 1, 2012

Perhaps it was aided by the heat wave that's gripping most of North America but this weekend's box office proved to be a much needed shot in the arm for the summer movie season. We've got a new number one movie, Ted, and healthy openings for three new movies.

Seth Macfarlane's raunchy comedy about a talking teddy bear named Ted emerged as the number one picture, grossing $54.1 million this weekend. With such a strong opening accomplished, Ted will soon be in the black. It's also shown that the Family Guy creator has something to offer television's bigger sister, the motion picture business.

Magic Mike also proved to have a better than expected opening than expected, nailing $39.1m. For director Steven Soderbergh, it's a comeback of sorts after his last couple of pictures (Haywire and Contagion) had tepid financial returns. Magic Mike also shows that Channing Tatum has the clout to open a picture now.

Last week's champ, Brave, tumbled down two spots to #3. After amassing $34 million this weekend, Brave's ten-day total now stands at $131.7m.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection opened in fourth spot and had a healthy $26.3 mil showing. If it follows Perry's other Madea films a big dropoff will follow in the second week.

At #5, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is still making money, $11.8 million more this weekend, to bring its total up to $180 mil.

Not faring so well is Fox's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. At #6 it tumbled three positions, making just $6 million in its second weekend of release. That brings its two-week total up to $29 million dollars, or about half of what it cost to make the movie.

Prometheus is also slowly fading from the top ten. At #7, it netted $4.9 million more to bring its four-week total to $118.2m.

Wes Anderson's comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom went up three positions to #8 thanks to adding more than 400 new screens. The movie's total domestic gross is now $18m.

Snow White and the Huntsman is at #9 with $4.4m more and a total of $145.6m.

And coming in at #10 is People Like Us, a drama that stars Star Trek's Chris Pine and Man on a Ledge's Jennifer Banks.  It only could muster $4.3 million from a little obver 2,000 screens.

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