Weekend Box Office: ‘Ted 2’ Underwhelms, ‘Jurassic World’ Still Strong

By June 28, 2015

Although expected to have a stronger start, Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed teddy bear didn’t seem to attract audiences as much for his second turn on the big screen.

According to box office analysts at VarietyTed 2‘s opening weekend took in $32.9 million at domestic theaters. This is considered less-than-stellar, since it was expected to take in closer to $50 million, coming in just over $15 million short of initial projections. This could be due to a number of factors, including a comparatively lukewarm critical reception when compared to the first film, and perhaps a greater degree of familiarity with the overall concept. Indeed, much of what made Ted appealing the first time around might be attributed to the shock value of the premise, which is pretty much eliminated for the sequel.

Although the general reception isn’t quite as strong for the second film, we felt in our review that Ted 2 was exactly what it needed to be, and is perfectly enjoyable especially for those that liked the first offering.

Although the outlook is a bit more tepid for the teddy bear, 2015’s box office champion, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, continues to attract audiences in its third consecutive weekend. The film even racked up more than Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out, with the dinosaur action film taking in $54.2 million, while Pixar’s latest took in $52.1 million. Jurassic World has now become the fifth highest-grossing domestic earner of all time, totaling $500 million in stateside receipts. That currently places it behind 2008’s The Dark Knight, which took in $534 million during its domestic theatrical run. If the sequel continues to perform the way that it is, though, then it has the potential to outdo that film.

This coming Wednesday, July 1st, sees the beginning of the 4th of July weekend, and some anticipated releases like Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys. Be sure to check back in with us next week to see how the new releases stack up against the return of the dinosaur theme park!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.