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Ted and Magic Mike enjoy massive US openings


Story by Jack Foley

MARK Wahlberg comedy Ted has smashed box office records for an R-rated comedy, claiming $54.1 million in its opening weekend and shooting to the No.1 spot.

In a strong weekend for new openings, Channing Tatum also scored another personal triumph when his stripper movie Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, also over-performed in a massive way, taking a magical $39.2 million.

Ted easily bested the $45 million earned by The Hangover in 2009, to comfortably muster the best showing ever for an original R-rated comedy.

The film marks a personal success for Seth MacFarlane, who made his crossover from TV (he’s the man behind Family Guy) onto the big screen with the film, which stars Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The writer-director also voices the role of the raunchy teddy bear too.

Magic Mike, meanwhile, is loosely based on star Tatum’s early days as a stripper. It also has plenty of reason to celebrate.

The film proved a massive success among female audiences, with women of all ages turning out. In total, women accounted for 73% of the total audience, with 43% of those over the age of 35.

Matthew McConaughey and British actor Alex Pettyfer also star.

Coming in behind those two new releases was Pixar’s latest Brave which slipped from first to third with $34 million to take its 10-day domestic total to $131.7 million.

Tyler Perry’s first summer opening, Madea’s Witness Protection, also enjoyed a healthy profit, grossing $26.4 million.

Indeed, the only film to really disappoint on its debut was DreamWorks and Disney’s People Like Us, which boasts the impressive ensemble line-up of Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The adult drama received glowing critical recognition but debuted to a meek $4.3 million… no doubt because of the wide variety of choice on offer.

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