Missy Schwartz
November 14, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Before the May release of the Sex and the City movie, some were dubious, to put it mildly, about the film’s prospects. ”I was told that a couple of the big Hollywood boys were taking bets on how poorly it would do,” says star-producer Sarah Jessica Parker. ”I was so shocked.” But she — along with costars Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, and director Michael Patrick King — had the last laugh when they turned the big-screen adaptation of HBO’s hit series into the summer’s biggest bash. Fans threw cosmo parties, bought tickets en masse, and showed up opening night in their most glamorous Carrie Bradshaw garb. Ultimately banking $153 million, the movie offered undeniable proof that women will spend their cash at the cineplex. ”We always believed they would come — I just don’t think other people did,” says Parker with a laugh. ”Women want to be part of the experience of going to the movies, and we wanted to deliver.” Now it’s looking like they’ll try to do so again, with a sequel. King and the SATC stars are currently negotiating their deals; once those are in place, Parker says, the focus will be on ”making sure we have a story worthy of our audience. It just has to be right.” We’d expect nothing less of Ms. Bradshaw.

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