Holy crap, its like animal kingdom out there!
This weekend sees a battle between Hollywood’s raunchiest teddy bear, and a pack of crazed dinosaurs. Even man’s best friend is represented this weekend with a movie of their own. But who will be the last animal standing? I have no freaking idea, but here’s my best guess:
Filmmaker and sometimes funny man Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated “Ted 2” opens three years after the first film became a global blockbuster. The sequel reteams MacFarlane with star Mark Wahlberg, and adds Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery and Morgan Freeman to the cast. Even the golden boy, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, makes a cameo in the movie.
No word yet on what happened to Mila Kunis. My guess is Ted snapped and ate her one night. Or maybe Michael Bay did it, who knows?
“Ted 2” should have a solid opening, somewhere in the $40-$50 million range. However, it may not be enough to topple “Jurassic World” which is still printing money left and right. Not to mention, “Jurassic World” has great word-of-mouth. Plus, “Ted 2” has to deal with its R rating which could keep some moviegoers away.
The weekend’s other new nationwide release, “Max,” will have a much more modest debut, with a weekend in the $10 million range. From MGM, the family friendly film, cost less than $20 million to make, and it follows the relationship between a dog who returns from service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death, and develops a bond with the dead Marine’s son.
I won’t be seeing this movie because I learned my lesson long ago: As a kid, I had to sit through “Old Yeller” and “Sounder,” and was sobbing like a five-year old for days. Perhaps “Max” has a happier ending, but I don’t intend to find out.