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Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ted must prove he is fit to be a parent in ‘Ted 2’.


A foul-mouthed Teddy bear is no match for a pack of dinosaurs.

Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 opened far under expectations with US$32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, ceding the top two spots to holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out.

While US$32.9 million is a solid opening for an R-rated comedy, bigger things were expected from Ted 2, which cost a reported $68 million to produce. The Universal Pictures sequel was expected to earn somewhere in the US$50 million range going into its debut weekend, thanks to the record-setting precedent of the first film, which earned US$54.4 million in 2012.

shock value worn off

In addition to mediocre reviews, perhaps the shock value of seeing a raunchy, stuffed animal has worn off a bit. "It's hard to maintain that hyper level of excitement once people have seen the talking Teddy bear," Rentrak's senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, said. "In comedy it's about inventiveness, newness and the shock value of something original."

Universal's Domestic Distribution head, Nick Carpou, said that the positive response from exit polls indicates a promising life for the movie in the weeks ahead. "We could have had a higher gross, but we get the gross we get. It was a very competitive marketplace this weekend," said Carpou, who noted that the first film's gross was a massive surprise to the studio.

Jurassic World, also a Universal film, narrowly held the top spot for the third weekend in a row with a mighty US$54.2 million, pushing it past the US$500-million mark domestically - only the fifth film to do so in history. Carpou said the film's record-setting performance has exceeded his high expectations every step of the way and he's excited that it seems that audiences are returning for repeat viewings.

Inside Out

Disney and Pixar's Inside Out finished at a close number two, earning US$52.1 million - only a 42 per cent drop from its first weekend in cinemas.

Dergarabedian marvelled at the consistency of Jurassic World and Inside Out. "These are no flash-in-the-pan movies. Both are delivering exactly what audiences want," he said.

Max, the other opener, brought in a modest - but expected - US$12.2 million, to finish fourth. Warner Bros is distributing the PG-rated MGM movie about a PTSD-afflicted military dog who goes to live with his handler's family.

The film, which cost under US$20 million to produce, is performing especially well in the South, the Southeast and the Midwest, according to Warner Bros' Domestic Distribution EVP Jeff Goldstein.

Overall, the box office is still booming, up seven per cent from last year. With Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys set to open Wednesday in advance of the holiday weekend, things are only going to heat up.

The following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to Rentrak.

1. Jurassic World, US$54.2m

2. Inside Out, US$52.1m

3. Ted 2, US$32.9m.

4. Max, US$12.2m

5. Spy, US$7.8m

6. San Andreas, US$5.3m

7. Dope, US$2.9m

8. Insidious: Chapter 3, US$2m

9. Mad Max: Fury Road, US$1.7m

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron, US$1.6m