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Smashing records and setting off early Fourth of July fireworks, Seth MacFarlane's Ted debuted to a massive $54.1 million at the domestic box office -- the best showing ever for an original R-rated comedy. It wasn't the only R-rated winner of the weekend. Steven Soderbergh's male striptease dramedy Magic Mike likewise overperformed in a big way, grossing $39.2 million. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection turned in tamer but still-strong $26.4 million opening. The international box office also generated big headlines as 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift opened to a whopping $78 million

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