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Mark Wahlberg appears in a still from the 2012 film Ted. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures

'Ted' tops weekend box office with $54.1 million while 'Magic Mike' lands at No. 2 spot

07/01/2012 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

A talking CGI bear and a story about a group of male strippers dominated the box office this weekend.

"Ted," the comedy by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane starring Mark Wahlberg, topped the weekend box office with $54.1 million, according to the Associated Press.

In the film, Wahlberg plays a man whose best friend is a teddy bear who came to life after he wished for it as a child. Mila Kunis plays Lori, the live-in girlfriend of Wahlberg's character, John.

His teddy bear friend lives with them and feels free to do what he wants - which includes talking smack, smoking pot, snorting cocaine and partying with prostitutes. His behavior puts quite a damper on the pair's relationship.

Meanwhile, the second big film for the weekend was "Magic Mike" starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and a few other Hollywood studs. The film, loosely based on Tatum's time as a male stripper at age 19, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and earned $39.2 million.

In the film, Tatum stars as "Magic" Mike Martingano, the prime money-maker of an all-male strip club called Xquisite run by former stripper Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Mike takes a newcomer nick-named "The Kid" (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing to show him the ropes of the male stripping world while Mike tries to figure out a way to make an honest living.

The film's stars also include Matt Bomer and "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello.

"Brave," which had the top spot last week, fell to third place. The Pixar animated film earned $34 million in its second weekend. So far the film has earned $131 million domestically in two weeks.

"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," landed in fourth place in its debut weekend with $26.4 million.

In the film, Perry reprises his roles as Mabel "Madea" Simmons / Joe Simmons / Brian Simmons. Eugene Levy is George Needleman, a businessman who unknowingly takes part in a Ponzi scheme in New York City, which involved money from the mob. Needleman and his family have to go into the witness protection program and Madea's house in the south is chosen as the secret location. The movie also stars Denise Richards and Eugene Levy.

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," finishes out the top five box office films with $11.8 million. In its four weeks of release the animated family film has earned $180 million domestically.

Watch trailers for "Ted," "Magic Mike," "Take This Waltz," "People Like Us" and "Madea's Witness Protection" below.

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