Box Office: ‘Ted 2’ Stumbles to $32.9 Million Opening, ‘Jurassic World’ Tops With $54.2 Million

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The party wasn’t as wild the second time around.

Universal’s “Ted 2” debuted to an underwhelming $32.9 million across 3,442 theaters, roughly $15 million less than most analysts expected the pot-smoking teddy bear comedy would bring in during its opening weekend.

“Having those OMG moments are tougher to pull off,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “The shock value goes away.”

Perhaps the over familiarity hobbled “Ted 2,” but its mellow-harshing start is also attributable to the presence of two box office juggernauts in Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which racked up $52.1 million and $54.2 million, respectively.

“Jurassic World” now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing domestic release of all time with $500 million in Stateside receipts, behind “The Dark Knight’s” $534.8 million haul. It marks the third consecutive weekend that the dinosaur thriller has topped North American charts, and the fastest that a film has ever crossed the $500 million mark. Aside from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it’s hard to see another 2015 release matching its massive box office results.

“It’s forging new ground,” said Nicholas Carpou, head of domestic distribution at Universal. “Every time we turn around there’s a new milestone we’re checking off.”

With “Jurassic World” continuing to be an indomitable force, “Inside Out” took runner-up position on the charts for the second consecutive weekend. The critically heralded family film has earned a sizable $184.9 million since opening last weekend.

“Ted 2” got off to a more sluggish start than its predecessor, “Ted,” which got things going with a massive $54 million debut on its way to a $549.4 million global haul. Perhaps the plot, in which Ted tries to convince a court that he’s a person so he can have a child with his wife, was too downbeat, or the post Deflate-gate Tom Brady cameo proved more polarizing than tantalizing to audiences. Universal is citing sequel-itis as a major cause of its weak results.

“This year, a lot of sequels are a bit more challenged, with the possible exception of some of the ones that we’ve had,” said Carpou, noting that Universal’s “Furious 7” and “Pitch Perfect 2” buck that trend.

Whatever the case, it’s a disappointment considering that many box office sages predicted “Ted 2” would be the summer’s biggest comedy. Media Rights Capital helped fund and produce the $85 million production, which brought back original star Mark Wahlberg and director, co-writer and vocal maestro Seth MacFarlane. “Ted 2’s” opening weekend audience was 49% under the age of 25, and 59% male.

The weekend’s other new wide release, “Max,” an uplifting drama about a military dog combined pooches and patriotism to the tune of $12.2 million across 2,855 locations. Shot for $20 million, the Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer co-production was expected to open to roughly $10 million. Women accounted for 55% of tickets sold, while the audience was 57% over the age of 25.

The film did well in the South and the Midwest, areas with a high percentage of military families, said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president.

“The patriotic core audience in those places played a big part in its success,” said Goldstein, adding, “This is the kind of movie that in the summertime can hang around and get a good multiple on its opening.”

Fox’s “Spy,” the Melissa McCarthy espionage comedy, took fifth place with $7.8 million, bringing its total to $88.3 million.

In addition to “Max,” Warner Bros. also fielded “Batkid Begins,” a documentary about how thousands of volunteers banded together to make a reality a 5-year-old leukemia survivor’s wish to become a superhero for a day. The picture debuted in four locations, picking up a meagre $23,000.

In the arthouse scene, Focus World debuted the Kate Winslet historical drama “A Little Chaos” on demand and across 83 screens, where it pulled in $186,000.

Among holdovers, Fox Searchlight’s “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” expanded to 354 theaters this weekend, picking up $992,000 in the process. The dramedy has earned $1.8 million and will be in nearly 800 theaters by next week.

Roadside Attractions’ “Love and Mercy,” a well-received biopic of Brian Wilson, is closing in on $10 million. The film added $1.3 million to its $9.3 million haul, making it one of the better-performing indie releases in a summer that has so far proven inhospitable to adult dramas.

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  1. Jonny says:

    If you’re going to make a sequel. Then bring back the actors that made the movie a success. Mila should be in it.

  2. Mantle Head says:

    The movie is pure trash, total low bar, sub par, basement dwelling crap- Maybe that’s why no one wants to see it; and the only reason people are is because there is NOTHING else to see; but I wouldn’t see this teddy bear trash if you paid me, hard enough you’re asking me to see Marky Mark… he’s such a thug.

  3. Everyone should have seen this coming as the first one was terrible.

  4. Adam says:

    Is it safe to say that Seth McFarlane’s comedic style is starting to get old with audiences in general?

  5. Julienne says:

    If you’re stupid enough to walk into a movie about a sarcastic, foul-mouthed stuffed Bear…and THEN you say you didn’t like it, YOU’RE AN IDIOT FOR GOING IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    What the hell were you expecting dumbass. Grow a freaking brain.

  6. Coleman says:

    This movie is dreadful. As bad as “The Interview.”

  7. Coach L. says:

    Love beautiful young girls in sexy outfits and dirty talk. Come-on now?

  8. LOL says:

    Ironic that Jurassic Park, superior in every way to Jurassic World, managed only two weeks at pole position before being usurped by Tom Cruise in The Firm back in 1993.

    America has regressed.

    • Carl says:

      “America has regressed.” You gleaned that from current popular entertainment? Did you miss the landmark event in civil rights in this country that just occured two days ago, or the long overdue removal of a symbol of hatred from South Carolina’s government grounds? We’re actually doing pretty ok in terms of social progress at the moment.

  9. Stanley O says:

    Brent Lang might be one of the worst analysts in Hollywood. Evidence: “the post Deflate-gate Tom Brady cameo proved more polarizing than tantalizing to audiences.” might be the dumbest observations I’ve ever read. Brent, get a real job because writing stupid crap like this just shows you in way over your capabilities.

  10. It should have been titled Ted Too Long.

    Trim 35 minutes and tighten up some of the jokes – it could have been, well just OK.

    As is, it’s a two hour unfunny (with few and far between exceptions) mess.

    • Franky johnson says:

      It was great. Just cut the media hates it doesn’t mean you don’t. Flash waooooooo he saved everyone of us……death to ming!

  11. Bill says:

    Ted 2 was pretty horrible; one pot joke after another with perhaps six good laughs in the whole film.

    The first was fresh and had a light quality to it but this one just felt tired, so word-of-mouth was horrid.

  12. Bernard says:

    Boy did this film suck. I did not laugh one time. I thing I might have “giggled” once, but I am not sure. Terrible movie.

    • Coach L. says:

      You must be a PC Liberal that doesn’t have a sense of humor. We laughed our asses off!

      • Brian says:

        Either that or an anti gay right winger. Many factors led to Ted 2’s lower than expected opening (genius move by Universal to open Ted 2 only two weeks after Jurassic World) but MacFarlane’s decision to turn the movie into a gay rights parable was the biggest. Making Ted 2 political turned off at least a third of it’s potential audience, given the number of people in the US who are against gay marriage. On one hand I give MecFarlane credit for having the guts to try to make his movie stand for something, on the other hand it’s probably not a great idea to politicize a gross out stoner comedy.

        That being said, I’ve seen Ted 2 twice, with two different groups of friends, and we all enjoyed it. The road trip scenes were the best in the movie (the look on their faces when they found the field of weed was great) and ironically, MacFarlane’s original idea for the movie was to make it a cross country road trip. He said in an interview that he abandoned that idea when We’re The Millers came out last summer, and then went with the personhood/marriage storyline. He probably overthought that. If he had made the entire movie a road trip and left out the politics it probably would have opened at, or close to industry expectations.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, who are these ‘most analysts’ and others who keep getting the estimates so wrong? This seems to be happening at an increasing rate lately, when more data analytics and tools are available than ever. It’s not just for the ‘horse race’ aspect of media reporting, as theaters and auditoriums are booked and last-minute ad placements are made based on expected performance. Are these prognosticators from competing studios that are trying to sandbag and embarrass their rivals? The studios have their own people who do know what the realistic expectations for their own films are.

    • Mantle Head says:

      It’s called DRUGS!!!! They’re all high as a kite… evidence is everywhere; people need to do acid again like they used to in the 70s, movies were okay.

    • Jake says:

      Not everything is predictable and why does it need to be? You can predict that people will buy tickets but having them do so is another story. Besides, it’s not far off– how many movies open to 34 million anyways?

      • Anonymous says:

        Because, like I said in my comment, it’s about allocation of resources. There are only so many theaters, screens, TV ad spots, etc available at any given time. Are there partially filled auditoriums with ‘Ted 2’ playing and packed, smaller ones in the same multiplex with ‘Inside Out’ playing? Fewer show times? Is it therefore harder to find a good seat for the film you want to see, reducing enjoyment of the experience? Not every theater has assigned seating, and even when they do, these are still factors unless you know pretty far in advance what you want to see.

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