Spiders versus bears

Nanjing Night Net

Profitable pair … Ted, voiced by Seth Macfarlane, and Mark Wahlberg. Hanging on near the top … The Amazing Spider-Man.

In a weekend dominated by critters in Australian cinemas, the foul-mouthed teddy bear surprisingly came out on top.

Seth MacFarlane’sTed, with Mark Wahlberg as a man trying to break the bond with his favourite childhood toy, was surprisingly much more popular with audiences than The Amazing Spider-Man.

The MA-rated Ted took $8.7 million, which gives it a stunning $13.1 million from just one week of release plus previews.

The new Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield taking over the superhero costume, took a solid $5.4 million. But it was on more than 200 extra screens than Ted, which suggests Australian movie-goers are far more sceptical about the ”reboot” than US audiences.

The other big school holiday attraction, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, also did well, taking almost $4.9 million.

Australian box office weekend ending 8th July, 2012

1. TED $8,747,2112. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN $5,453,6003. ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT $4,945,2404. BRAVE $2,066,1065. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN $1,919,4276. KATY PERRY: PART OF ME $700,0007. THE THREE STOOGES $634,7788. PROMETHEUS $296,4149. A ROYAL AFFAIR $162,74710. BOL BACHCHAN $162,431


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