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