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'Ted' Tops the Box-Office Charts: Should Universal Greenlight a Sequel ASAP?

By: Sean OConnell on July 2, 2012 at 9:08AM Comments (6)

 

 
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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  • Jul 3rd 2012 7:39AM

     said...

    it was a good movie, but if there is a sequal i would rather they leave out the mark-mily relationship, and concentrate more on a buddie adventure. i did not like how much of the romantic plot took over the movie. made me feel like it was more of a romantic date movie with some ranchiness, then a comady i could go see with other guys.

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  • Jul 2nd 2012 12:25PM

    newtoy51  said...

    ted was interesting but be hard to see again

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  • Jul 2nd 2012 11:24AM

    nickfizzle  said...

    YES! And myself along with it seemed like everyone in the theater cause we all laughed so freaking loud, we got ALL of the jokes and it was HILARIOUS! It doesnt even matter what the plot of the second movie is about imo just as long as they have those ridiculous, sometimes shocking , and WTF?!? punch lines LOL.

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  • Jul 2nd 2012 11:06AM

    Soonergirl97  said...

    Hold on...saw Ted 1 and though I thought most of it was funny, there were lots of the jokes fell flat and in some parts of the movie, it felt like this was being fit in between Mark Walhberg's other projects. Where could they go with Ted 2...the wedding, him meeting another bear or dating Ragged Ann? Not sure about the sequel, though I did enjoy the 1st one and was able use my Thunder Buddy reference this past week. LOL

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  • Jul 2nd 2012 1:17PM

    cyborg37  said...

    Well for this type of movie, they can do a LOT of different things in the sequel. The wedding and all that are just small aspects. Just as an example, the three of them can go on a honeymoon on a cross country road trip or fly to some country and maybe things go wrong on the way. They can get stranded in some town. Maybe they're in Europe and the ppl there are gettting the chance to see Ted for the first time in person since he started in America. The possibilities are endless. Maybe they move to Los Angeles and they run into some trouble with drug lords. Who knows what Seth McFarlane can come up with next! :D

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  • Jul 2nd 2012 10:13AM

    wolf51  said...

    yeah i really want to see a ted 2

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