Friday Box Office – R-Rated Surprise as TED and MAGIC MIKE Smash Expectations

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So, it appears the answer to the question “did I underestimate the blockbuster potential of Ted” is a giant “Oh Hell Yes.”  From its first day in 3,239 locations the R-rated comedy from first-time film director Seth MacFarlane (the Family Guy guy) made an estimated $20.2 million. And this from a movie that was projected to earn only $25 million for its first weekend! With Friday’s huge win, Ted is now poised to take in double that by Sunday – a figure that would top The Hangover as the all-time highest debut from an R-rated (non-sequel) comedy. But Friday’s surprises were not limited to talking teddy bears. Magic Mike, the R-rated male-stripper movie starring Channing Tatum, was also a giant over-performer with an estimated $19.4 million from 2,930 venues. Again, that is just under what Magic Mike was projected to earn in its first three days. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, in 2,161 locations, also had a bigger-than-expected first Friday, taking in an estimated $10.25 million for what should prove a $27 million opening weekend. In fact, of yesterday’s four major new releases, only the Disney-distributed People Like Us played as expected – opening outside the top five with a modest $1.4 million.  We’ll have full details and analysis of this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Ted $20,200,000 $20.2
2 Magic Mike $19,400,000 $19.4
3 Brave $10,320,000 $107.9
4 Madea’s Witness Protection $10,250,000 $10.25
5 Madagascar 3 $3,575,000 $171.7



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  • Farzan

    Ted was hilarious with a sweet story. Saw it at a midnight showing and everyone was laughing there a$$ off. Plan on seeing it again tonight with the family

    • Travis

      The family?

      • Bob

        Everyone in my family is over 18. If Farzan’s family are all pretty old too, then why is surprising that he’s taking his family to see it?

    • Travis

      @Bob…If that specific circumstance were the case, and I hope that it is, then that would make perfect sense. I just hope that people understand that this isn’t some kids movie with a cuddly teddy bear. And I hope that parents aren’t so moronic and stupid to the point of taking their children to see this movie…nowadays, parents will take their kids to see anything, which really isn’t cool.

      • Really?

        I wish that were true. A few weeks ago when I saw That’s My Boy which is a “hard” R there was a family that walked out with two kids around 10. The wife told her husband “Shiela” is going to kill me. Parents taking their own kids is one thing, parents taking their kids friends is an Epic Fail!!

  • kimian

    Great !!!!

  • Herb White

    Not surprised on either account. “Ted” looks like crap (not saying it is, but I have no interest in it), but people enjoy that type of thing, apparently – I prefer when my toys come to life, however, that they are infused with souls of murderous psychopaths ala Chucky, not a drinking/coke-snorting layabout.

    Channing Tatum’s star is sky-rocketing. He has massive appeal to women – totally obvs – and the chance to see guys as handsome as he is dancing around half-naked is too much to pass up for many young and middle-age (I suspect a few older ones, too) women to pass up.

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  • Jared

    Well, people love garbage.

  • Gustavo

    Where is the Amazing Spider-man Overseas Box Office?

    • Albert

      This is only the Box Office numbers for US, not worldwide so that’s why you don’t see Spider-Man

  • Tim

    Nichole, learn to be professional and not curse.

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