Box Office: ‘Ted 2’ Disappoints as ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’ Fight for No. 1
It’s looking like Seth MacFarlane couldn’t make lightning strike twice with the Ted franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The R-rated Ted 2 finished in third place on Friday, opening to an underwhelming $13.2 million for a projected weekend finish of $34 million. This is well below the $54 million debut of Ted in the summer of 2012, and considerably less than the $68 million budget the raunchy teddy bear comedy was given.
On the one hand, the poor placement for Ted 2 speaks to a larger issue with the film’s ad campaign, and the novelty having worn off. The first Ted movie was a surprise hit, and cemented MacFarlane as a legit comedy director in Hollywood, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, as co-writer of the movie’s “Everybody Has A Best Friend,” and allowing him to get the greenlight to make his comedy passion project, A Million Ways to Die In the West (which, unfortunately, flopped as well). On the other hand, while you could blame the underperformance of Ted 2 on a variety of factors, the most significant is the sheer volume of competition the film is facing, as the two big June favorites are duking it out for the No. 1 spot this weekend.
Yes, it’s all come down to Jurassic World and Inside Out. Reports have the two movies virtually neck-and-neck, with a projected gross of roughly $49-$50 million. It’s going to be incredibly close, as Inside Out narrowly defeated Jurassic World on Friday with a total of $15 million to the dino hit’s $14.7 million gross. But that could all change on Saturday, since Jurassic World has shown impressive staying power from week-to-week, with audiences continuing to come out in droves to see it multiple times.
But what, if anything, are you going to see this weekend? And which film do you think will take the top spot? And why do you think Ted 2 didn’t do the kind of big business the studio expected it to? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend box office, check out last week’s report on the historic, record-breaking debut of Inside Out!