With Toho-Towa distributing, the film earned $3.6 million on 308,000 admissions, giving it the top spot in a country where chart positions are typically measured by admissions numbers.
The gross was a 36% improvement on the opening by the first “Ted” film, which finished with $35 million in 2012. Including its Friday release takings “Ted 2”’s three-day total was $4.7 million from 400,000 admissions.
Three-week box office leader “Jurassic World,” which is also handled by Toho-Towa, slipped to second place with 301,000 admissions.
But with higher ticket prices coming from its 3D versions, “Jurassic World” outgrossed “Ted 2” with $3.9 million over the Aug 29-30 weekend.
This boosted its cumulative total to $58 million or JPY7 billion from 4.75 million tickets. The last foreign live-action film to pass the JPY7 billion milestone was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in 2011.
Third was Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which took $2.1 million on 190,000 admissions, running its total to $33 million from nearly 3 million tickets. The film now looks certain to end its run north of $50 million.