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On the Lot: Moviegoers may have soured on raunchy summer comedies




Ted 2 and other R-rated comedies have disappointed at this summer's box office
Ted 2 and other R-rated comedies have disappointed at this summer's box office

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The profane and perfectly politically incorrect teddy bear came back, but he lost a lot of fans along the way.

Ted 2's box office was about $32 million on its opening weekend.  The original Ted opened somewhere north of $50 million.  Other salty, R-rated comedies have not done well this summer. Spy, despite great reviews, disappointed, and Entourage underperformed as well.

Contrast that with R-rated comedies from earlier summers, such as Bridesmaids! or The Hangover, and some critics are saying Americans are sated on gross jokes and streams of language most foul.

Still, our On the Lot maven, Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times, giggled and roared all the way through Ted 2, even if she reveals a little guilt in her review.