'Ted' Tops the Box-Office Charts: Should Universal Greenlight a Sequel ASAP?
One of the first tweets I saw on the matter occurred at 1:39 p.m. ET. Scott Renshaw, chief film critic for the Salt Lake City Weekly, boldly predicted, “I've got 3:15 p.m. Monday for Universal to announce Ted 2 is in development.”
He might not get the exact time correct, but the sentiment is right on the nose. After Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy talking-teddy-bear comedy Ted banked an estimated $54.1 million over the weekend, talk of a sequel is inevitable.
If Ted’s numbers hold, it will stand as the eighth-highest R-rated opening of all time, and the third-highest rated comedy (after The Hangover Part II and the first Sex and the City movie). Ted also has a very good chance of moving into the seventh-highest R-rated slot if actuals put it ahead of Watchmen, which currently sits at $55.2M for its March 2009 opening.
Almost every film on the Top 10 list of R-rated openings share a common trait: They either are sequels (The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II, Hannibal) or they triggered sequels (Sex and the City). Will Ted become one of the latter?
What do you think? Was Ted just a standalone hit? Would you rather see MacFarlane apply his unique comedic voice to a different project … possible a Family Guy movie? Or are there more stories to be told in the Ted universe? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.