"Brave" raised its domestic haul to $131.7 million and has added $26.8 million in its slow rollout overseas for a worldwide total of $158.5 million.
Filmmaker and star Perry's latest features outspoken Southerner Madea taking in a Wall Street guy (Eugene Levy) whose family is placed in witness protection.
The first Perry release in summer, "Madea's Witness Protection" earned 70 percent of its revenue from black audiences, down from the filmmaker's usual 80 percent, as funnyman Levy and co-star Denise Richards gave it more appeal among whites.
Like "Ted" and "Magic Mike," ''Madea's Witness Protection" did better than Hollywood anticipated. David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate, said movie-going just seems to be in the air, especially considering the 100-degree heat gripping much of the nation.
"People don't want to be outside in a heat wave, so it's one of those weekends where benefited from the weather," Spitz said.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight's Louisiana story "Beasts of the Southern Wild" opened strongly with $169,236 in four theaters, for an average of $42,309 a cinema. That compares to an average of $16,705 in 3,239 theaters for "Ted."
The top dramatic prize winner at last January's Sundance Film Festival, "Beasts" is the survival story of a young girl living with her ailing, boozing father as a storm approaches the Delta wilds.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
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.
Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $78 million.
2. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $50.2 million.
3. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $16.2 million.
4. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $14.5 million.
5. "Brave," $6.7 million.
6. "Men in Black 3," $6.4 million.
7. "Prometheus," $6.2 million.
8. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," $5 million.
9. "Dark Shadows," $4.2 million.
10. "The Dictator," $2.5 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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