Universal has enjoyed a lot of success with Jurassic World, but it may have come at a cost to Seth MacFarlane and his profane talking teddy bear. Ted 2, one of the most anticipated comedies of the year, grossed $33.5 million in third place, which is over $20 million below what its predecessor opened to three years ago. Universal and many pundits had projected an opening between $45-$50 million and the film just couldn't match up. The CinemaScore was a solid "B+" but I just don't think that the fan excitement was there. Unfortunately, this is two misfires in a row for MacFarlane and I'm starting to think that his career in movies might be running out of gas.
Max was the weekend's other opener and it performed right in line with expectations- a $12.1 million weekend and an "A" CinemaScore. Family and military audiences seemed to be the target for Warner Bros. and I would imagine that they came out in droves. This is no American Sniper, but it's a solid opening for a film that has probably already made back its budget.
The only other big surprise of the weekend was that Spy continued to hold spectacularly well- something that I'm very happy about. Melissa McCarthy's excellent secret agent comedy grossed another $7.9 million this weekend and is firmly on its way to $100 million. Its current total is $88.4 million. A total around $110 million would be very good after a lackluster opening that disappointed many box office pundits.
On Wednesday, Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL will be hitting theaters for the five-day Independence Day frame. Here are my predictions:
1. Magic Mike XXL- $51 million
2. Terminator Genisys- $45 million
3. Jurassic World- $44.5 million
4. Inside Out- $43 million
5. Ted 2- $25 million
6. Max- $11.4 million
7. Spy- $7 million
8. San Andreas- $4.6 million
9. Dope- $2.3 million
10. Insidious Chapter 3- $1.3 million