‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Ted’ Defy Expectations with Big Midnight Box Office

ALT“We didn’t anticipate this.”

That was Hollywood.com Box Office Analyst Paul Dergarabedian reaction to the official midnight screening numbers for this week’s two biggest new releases: Ted and Magic Mike. According to Deadline, the pair of R-rated movies took in totals of $2.6 and $2.1 million respectively — a huge take for unlikely summer hits.

Ted, the debut feature from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, opened in 1,090 theaters, while Magic Mike danced its way into 1,100 locations. Compare that to a standard issued summer blockbuster: May’s PG-13 action flick Battleship opened in 3,690 theaters. which grossed $500K in midnights.

Dergarabedian reveals that tracking for the two movies, especially Magic Mike has been all over the place, predicting totals of everything from $17 to the high $30 millions (head here for Dergarabedian’s own predictions). Are Ted and Magic Mike $2 million opening night takes a sign for success? Find out Sunday, when Dergarabedian delivers the full report.

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After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.