'Ted 2' stumbles to $32.9 million opening, 'Jurassic World' tops with $54.2 million

Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:31pm EDT
 
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By Brent Lang

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - 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 had expected the pot-smoking teddy bear comedy would bring in during its opening weekend.

The mellow-harshing start was largely 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.

"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 box office force, "Inside Out" took runner-up position 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 start 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.

"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 Universal's "Furious 7" and "Pitch Perfect 2" buck that trend.   Continued...

 
Cast member Seth MacFarlane poses on the red carpet of the movie premiere of "Ted 2" in New York June 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton