According to studio estimates, Universal’s “Ted 2” is likely to pull in a blazing $45 million-$50 million at 3,441 locations.
The original “Ted” outperformed estimates when it bowed to $54.4 million three years ago on its way to a domestic total of $218 million. Thursday night, “Ted 2″ nabbed $2.6 million from showings at 2,647 locations.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane, “Ted 2” will contribute to Universal’s strong year, following “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World.”
“Max,” which centers on a dog who serves in the military, will bark up around $12 million in receipts. The family film will open in 2,850 locations. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer financed the $20 million production.
“Jurassic World,” now in its third weekend of competition, will rake in another $50 million this weekend. The dino actioner will pass $450 million in domestic receipts by Saturday, displacing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the highest-grossing film of the year domestically, and setting a new record for that milestone.
Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” will continue its joyful domination of family audiences, with the animated pic expected to pull in more than $50 million after a strong $91 million debut last weekend.