R-rated films lead weekend box office

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(CNS) – A talking teddy bear with a penchant for beer and hookers attracted a surprising number of moviegoers to dominate the weekend box office, while a film about male strippers had a stronger-than-expected opening to debut in second place, according final figures released today.

The solid openings of the R-rated films “Ted” and “Magic Mike” knocked the family friendly Disney/Pixar adventure “Brave” down to third place, according to Hollywood.com Box Office.

“Ted,” the brainchild of “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, scored $54.4 million in its opening weekend, giving it the best debut ever for a non- sequel R-rated film.

“Magic Mike” opened in second with $39.1 million, while “Brave” collected $34.1 million, pushing its two-week total to $131.7 million.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” opened with $25.4 million, while the animated “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” placed fifth with $11.8 million.

Rounding out the top 10 films of the weekend were “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” ($6 million); “Moonrise Kingdom” ($4.93 million”); “Prometheus” ($4.92 million); “Snow White and the Huntsman” ($4.5 million); and “The Avengers” ($4.4 million).

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