Monday, August 13, 2012

'Ted' outfoxes 'Mike' for top box office dog - San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles --

"Ted," Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane's comedy for Universal Pictures about a talking teddy bear, opened as the No. 1 movie with $54.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Magic Mike," Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's male-stripper tale debuted a strong No. 2 with $39.2 million.

The two new movies were backed by a deep bench, with Pixar Animation's Disney fairy tale "Brave" holding up well at No. 3 with $34 million in its second weekend. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," the latest from the dependable breadwinner, opened solidly at No. 4 with $26.4 million.

The only one that didn't work among new wide releases was the sibling drama "People Like Us," which tanked at No. 10 with $4.3 million. A DreamWorks release distributed by Disney, the movie features Chris Pine (Captain Kirk of "Star Trek") as a man who gets himself into an awkward relationship with the half-sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew he had.

Rounding out the top five films was the animated tale "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."

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