‘Ted’ Shatters Box office Record, Earning $54.1 Mil

1:19 AM EDT 7/2/2012 by Stapha Charleme, Celebeat Reporter

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Seth MacFarlane is the purveyor of obscenity. He successfully unleashed the crude animated series "Family Guy" on the small screen, and has now seamlessly conquered the silver screen in his directorial debut with "Ted," a vulgar, drug-addicted, stuffed bear.

"Ted," which stars Mark Wahlberg, and Mila Kunis wasn't expected to rake in the big bucks at this weekend's box office. But, wildly exceeded expectations by grossing a record breaking $54.1 million dollars, the best showing ever for an original R-rated comedy, knocking 2009's "Hangover," off its box office pedestal.

"Ted" also bumped the much anticipated stripper flick, "Magic Mike," to second place, another movie which critics weren't too impressed with.  According to Hollywood Reporter, the movie, which grossed $39.2 Million dollars during its opening weekend, "overperformed in a big way."

The New York Times wasn't any more forgiving with its review.

"The sin of 'Ted' is not that it is offensive but that it is boring, lazy and wildly unoriginal. If Triumph the Insult Comic Dog ever got a hold of Ted, there would be nothing left but a pile of fluff and a few scraps of fur."

Other notable box office toppers include Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection," which came in third with $26.4 million. Pixar's animated movie "Brave" is still going strong with $34 million. And "People Like Us," starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer made a mere $4.3 million.

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