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article image'Ted 2' is not in it to win the weekend

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 25, 2015 in Entertainment
A bear and a dog will try to knock down dinosaurs as the box office has plenty of animals competing for attention. It is still likely that "Jurassic World" will win for a third time.
Also, it is likely that last weekend's second place finisher will be in that spot again. "Inside Out" posted the best domestic opening for a second place finisher last weekend, and it will stay there. The actual numbers had "Inside Out" at $90.4 million and "Jurassic World" at $106.6 million. That puts "Jurassic World" in the top spot for second week figures, domestically. It is on a roll and will stay that way as the weekend unfolds.
Looking for a less than 50 percent drop, and "Jurassic World" should stay real solid again. But, one newcomer will not be bad. A third and fourth place finish is not bad when the top two movies do so well. "Ted 2" is looking for third with $40-50 million, noted Deadline. That is solid for a bear that swears. The R-rated Seth MacFarlane followup has a built-in audience going in, so they will be there.
Weekend
1. "Ted 2" - 3,441 theaters
2. "Sam" - 2,850 theaters
3. "A Little Chaos" - 83 theaters
4. "Batkid" - 4 theaters
The audience for "Ted 2" are usually not the same kind of crowd that would go see "Max," which also opens wide this weekend. For "Sam," a fourth place finish may not even be in the plan, however. So, the dog (actually a Belgian Malinois) will have some family but they are still seeing "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out."
Warner Brothers is releasing the PG-rated "Max," while Universal has "Ted 2." Universal is having a huge year so far with "Furious 7" and "Jurassic World" doing huge business. "Ted 2" will fit in nicely to their bottom line.
Focus Features is releasing "A Little Chaos," starring Kate Winslet. It is a period piece set during King Louis XIV’s reign.
A smaller release is "Batkid Begins." If that sounds familiar, it is because the story made headlines and went viral. This is about that experience. It is documentary about Miles Scott, a five-year-old cancer patient, who loves to dress as Batman.
Rialto is re-releasing Orson Welles' "A Third Man" in three theaters.
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