‘Ted 2’ Lights Up With $2.6 Million on Thursday Night

Universal’s “Ted 2” has put its paws on $2.6 million at the U.S. box office from Thursday night showings at 2,647 locations.

Previews for the bawdy comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as the voice of a wisecraking teddy bear, began at 8 p.m. Warner Bros.-MGM’s dog drama “Max” — the weekend’s other opener — fetched $500,000 on Thursday.

“Ted 2” is expected to top $50 million this weekend and challenge the third weekend of “Jurassic World,” as well as the second frame of “Inside Out” for the top spot. The sequel is expanding to 3,441 theaters on Friday.

The original “Ted” stunned with $54.4 million three years ago on its way to a stellar $218 million domestic haul. The second installment cost $85 million to produce and was co-financed by Media Rights Capital.

“Ted 2” — directed by Seth MacFarlane — will maintain the momentum of Universal Pictures’ strong year, following “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World.” The dino thriller has hit $437 million domestically in less than two weeks. It’s been running neck and neck with “Inside Out” on weekdays, with each grossing more than $9 million on Wednesday.

Disney’s “Inside Out” is also expected to generate more than $50 million, an impressive hold following its surprisingly strong $91 million debut. The animated tale of an 11-year-old girl’s emotional life has topped $123 million in its first six days in the U.S.

The third weekend of “Jurassic World” is forecast to finish the weekend at around $55 million.

Family drama “Max,” the story of a military service dog aimed at the heartstrings of canine lovers, will reel in roughly $10 million this weekend. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer financed the $20 million production. “Max” will roll out across 2,850 locations in its inaugural weekend.

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