Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

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July 2nd, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up: What Happened at the Box Office?

Seth McFarlane's "Ted" was a surprise hit at the box office during the weekend of June 29th. The quirky comedy earned over $54 million during its debut weekend, earning the top spot in overall box office rankings. The film tells the story of a man whose childhood wish actually came true when his teddy bear turned into a walking, talking companion. Ever since then, Ted and John have been the closest friends. However, Ted is not just any cuddly stuffed toy. Instead, he is vulgar, irrepressible and likes telling John how to run his life. John and Ted have to make some tough decisions as they grow older and real life starts to intrude. "Ted" has an R rating for language, drug use and crude and mature content.

"Magic Mike" earned over $39 million during its opening weekend. When a young stripper decides to make some easy money, he discovers the dark and dangerous side of the job. Fortunately, he has a guardian angel in the form of Magic Mike, a veteran of the business. Magic Mike makes it his job to watch over newcomers and help them navigate the sometimes hilarious, sometimes treacherous world of male stripping. Mature content, graphic nudity, language and drug all use all contribute to the film's R rating.

"Tyler Perry's Madea"s Witness Protection" brought in over $26 million. In this addition to Tyler Perry's series of Madea comedies, the feisty matriarch offers her home as shelter to an investment banker running from a failed Ponzi scheme. It remains to be seen whether Madea and her guest can get along. The comedy has an R rating for crude remarks and drug references.

"People Like Us" landed in ninth spot in overall box office rankings, earning over $4 million. The poignant comedic drama focuses on Sam, a successful salesman whose life turns upside down after the death of his father. When he discovers a sister he never knew he had, Sam has to reconsider everything he thought he knew about his life and his understanding of family ties. The film has a PG-13 rating for brief mature content, drug use and language.

Continuing Films

"Brave" brought in $34,011,000 during the weekend, bringing the overall gross to over $131 million. Scottish Princess Merida must learn the true meaning of courage and save her homeland from a terrible spell. The family-friendly film has a PG rating for some scary action sequences and rude humor.

"Madagascar 3: Europe"s Most Wanted" held strong with earnings of over $11 million. The total earnings have now reached over $180 million. Four friends who escaped from the Central Park Zoo are now trying to return home, against the odds. The animated movie is rated PG for mild action sequences and some rude humor.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" brought in $6 million. The overall gross is now at over $29 million. The President of the United States makes friends with a mysterious figure who teaches him the art of slaying vampires. This skill will come in handy, since the country is under threat from a devastating vampire attack. The R rating is due to pervasive violence and brief mature content.

"Prometheus" has an overall gross of over $118 million. This weekend, the film earned over $4 million. When a group of scientists and explorers wake up after two years in a cryogenic freeze, they face an intimidating mission. Their goal is to discover the origins of human life on an unwelcoming alien planet. What they discover instead are secrets that could lead to the end of human life as they know it. Ridley Scott's film has an R rating for intense violence, disturbing images and some language.

Movies to DVD

"The Hunter" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, July 3rd. Willem Dafoe stars in this nail-biting tale of hunters and their prey. A mercenary accepts a dangerous mission to the wilds of Tasmania. His task is to hunt down a rare breed of tiger. However, the hunter soon learns that he has actually become the prey. What began as a way to earn some quick money turns into a battle for survival. The film has an R rating for language and some violence.

"Jesus Christ Henry" is an irreverent comedy, now available on DVD. Henry James Hermin is not a typical 10-year-old. In fact, he is a genius. Henry comes from an unusual family, since his radical mother decided to raise him on her own without the help of a husband. Now, however, Henry is curious about the man who donated half his DNA. The bright young boy sets out on a quest that could change his life: the journey to find his father. "Jesus Christ Henry" is rated PG-13 for smoking, language and violent images.