Ted And Magic Mike Open Huge On Friday, Will Overtake Brave At Box Office
As promised by the strong box office at their midnight screenings, both of this weekend's new releases have a lot to brag about-- and neither will have trouble knocking out last weekend's box office champion Brave. Ted looks to be cruising to #1, with $20.5 million on Friday that will lead to a projected $51 million for the weekend, according to Deadline. That would put it well ahead of American Pie 2 to claim the record for the biggest-opening original comedy of all time, and right next to recent R-rated opening champ Prometheus, which also debuted to $51 million.
As for other newcomer Magic Mike, the female-heavy audiences have given it just a "B" CinemaScore, but that shouldn't hurt it at all. The Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper drama made $18 million on Friday and is on track for a $43 million weekend, which easily recoups the $16 million Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum pitched in to have it made. That's not quite the numbers brought in by the last R-rated female-led phenom, the Sex and the City movie, but it would be Soderbergh's biggest opening ever-- yes, even bigger than the Ocean's sequels-- and Tatum's second-biggest after G.I. Joe. So I don't expect anybody to be complaining.
Meanwhile, Brave will be battling it out for third place next to Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, which Deadline says is also doing better than expected, with $10 million. A $30 million opening would be exactly on track for a Perry movie, though the first time he's competed in the crowded summer marketplace.
Let us know what you're seeing this weekend in the comments, and if any of these movies have lived up to your expectations.
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