The potty-mouthed “Ted” will heckle the male strippers off the box-office stage, as the
If the picture debuts with less than $36 million, it will likely have to fight with
Given its strong word of mouth, the film will probably rake in at least another $35 million this weekend, beating the debuts
"Ted" is the first feature film from MacFarlane, best known for creating the massively successful animated television series "Family Guy." Universal's marketing campaign for the movie has attempted to showcase both MacFarlane's trademark lewd humor and the film's more sentimental side, which includes a romantic relationship between Wahlberg's character and his girlfriend, played by
So far, that effort appears to be paying off. While interest in the movie is strongest with men under 25, industry polling indicates that many younger women have also expressed a desire to see it.
The film, financed by Media Rights Capital for $50 million, was acquired by Universal and
"Magic Mike," loosely based on star
Heading into the weekend, "Magic Mike" is dominating online ticket sales, accounting for 61% of all weekend business on Fandango.com. Not surprisingly, the movie -- which features a buff male cast including
The film has also earned the most positive reviews of any of the weekend's newcomers, notching a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is the 13th Perry movie to be released by Lionsgate, and the seventh featuring the actor-writer-director's trademark sassy grandmother, Madea. While movies starring the character typically star black actors, "Witness Protection" has a more ethnically diverse cast with actors including
The only weak debut this weekend is expected to be the adult
"People Like Us" stars
In limited release, Fox Searchlight will debut its film festival darling