Teddy Bear Beats Male Strippers at Box-Office! "Ted" Claims Top Spot with $54.1 Million, "Magic Mike" Overperforms!
And in the end, the magical teddy bear outstrips male strippers.
Universal's "Ted" opened at No. 1 with $54.1 million. From director Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy"), the Mark Walhberg comedy outshone Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer as male strippers, "Magic Mike" surprised everyone with a strong opening at No. 2 with $39.2 million.
"Magic Mike" movie review
Interview with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey
Interview with Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn
Interview with Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez
Previous weekend's box-office champ, Disney/Pixar's "Brave," fell to No. 3 with $34 million. Meanwhile, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" opened strongly at No. 4 with $26.4 million.
But Disney's "People Like Us" flopped at No. 10. Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, the DreamWorks release (distributed by Disney) debuted with a meager $4.3 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 29th:
1. "Ted," $54.1 million.
2. "Magic Mike," $39.2 million.
3. "Brave," $34 million ($6.7 million international).
4. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $26.4 million.
5. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $11.8 million ($16.2 million international).
6. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," $6 million ($5 million international).
7. "Prometheus," $4.93 million ($6.2 million international).
8. "Moonrise Kingdom," $4.9 million ($375,000 international).
9. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $4.4 million ($14.5 million international).
10. "People Like Us," $4.3 million.
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Channing Tatum harkens back to his glory days of male stripping to come up with the story. It's interesting to note that while most actors would shy away from their semi-naked past, Tatum embraces it and even makes a movie about his experience. (Exclusive interview with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey)
Tatum stars as Mike, a struggling entrepeneur by day, and the headliner of an all-male revue by night. The club is called Xquisite and his troop is known as the Kings of Tampa. Their owner is the Messiah of the male strippers, Dallas, played by Matthew McConaughey. (Exclusive interview with Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn)
But there's always a young newbie in this kind of story and in "Magic Mike," he's appropriately known as The Kid aka Adam played by Alex Pettyfer ("I Am Number Four," "In Time"). He has two people taking care of him. His sister, Brooke (the memorable Cody Horn), and Mike, who takes him under his wing. (Exclusive interview with Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez)
So should you spend your dollar bills to see "Magic Mike?" Take a look at my review.
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Nora Ephron, the three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay ("Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"), has died for as-yet undisclosed reasons. She was 71.
Ephron, daughter of playwrights Henry and Phoebe Ephron had been suffering from leukemia according to friends and family.
The iconic scriptwriter won her first Oscar nomination with her screenplay for "Silkwood" starring Meryl Streep in a true-life story of Karen Silkwood and her mysterious death surrounding a plutonium plant. Ephron also gave us lighthearted romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."
Her most recent collaboration with Streep was "Julie & Julia."
Known for being a witty and acerbic writer, Ephron was deemed influential for also becoming one of the few successful female directors in Hollywood beginning with "This is My Life."
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Channing Tatum Opens Up About Stripper Past, Matthew McConaughey Explains "Magic Mike" Character! See My Fun One-on-One Interviews with the Actors!
Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey are rock stars! They were in high spirits when I sat down with them to talk about their much-talked about film, "Magic Mike" from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. In the film, Tatum is Mike, a struggling enterpreneur by day, and the headliner of an all-male revue called the Kings of Tampa by night. McConaughey is Dallas, the club's owner. Featuring Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, and Cody Horn.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** Tatum's background as a male stripper and how it informed the making of the movie
*** McConaughey's performance and his interest with his character
*** Putting on a thong for the very first time -- did it all fit in? Wait until you see Channing's reactions
*** The film's fantasy-fulfillment theme
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Alex Pettyfer (The Kid) and Cody Horn (Brooke) star as siblings in the new dramedy "Magic Mike" from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. The Kid becomes Mike's (Channing Tatum) protegee much to his sister's chagrin. But Brooke is the voice of reason of the movie and the actress who plays her, Cody Horn, is brilliantly breathtaking!
In this interview, we talked about:
*** Their interest in working in the film
*** Their characters and how The Kid is really closer to Pettyfer than any of the characters he's played before
*** The first time Alex wore a thong
*** How you will remember Cody Horn's name after "Magic Mike"
*** The dialogue and how Soderbergh grounded the film in reality
*** Alex's trepidations in playing a male stripper
*** How they picked up the energy of the crowd
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