The latest twist in the Ghostbusters saga seems to have connected with the public and has surpassed despite amassing mixed-negative reviews, according to the Hollywood reporter. The weekend domestic gross for Ghostbusters: Afterlife expected to reach $44 million, although a bullish Variety asked for just $40.5 million on Saturday. With $16 million from overseas markets added to the total, it looks like a $60 million weekend.
The photo is also positioned to do great business over Thanksgiving. House of Gucci, which debuts next week, seems less appealing to a family looking for an after-meal activity, plus people may already have marshmallows in the mind after eating sweet potato pie.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a bit of a tonal shift from Paul Feig‘s 2016 review of the IP, which played Melissa McCarthy, Kirsten Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth, and eventually lost the studio $70 million. The new film is directed and co-written by Jason Reitman, whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed and produced the first film in 1984. The elder Reitman serves as producer here and the studio’s marketing has certainly share videos of the père et fils and their “passing through the proton package”.
This next-generation appeal is ingrained in afterlife‘s story, with Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace grandchildren play the character Harold Ramis used to play. Paul Rudd is a high school teacher who is in love with Ghostbusters lore. The living (and, oddly enough, not alive) Cast members from the classic films also make an appearance.
The film is preparing well for a sequel, which hasn’t been announced yet, but I suspect we’ll hear something before Black Friday.
VF‘s review by Ghostbusters: Afterlife contains phrases such as ‘autonomous nostalgia’ and ‘completely unnecessary’. It calls Reitman’s project “almost shockingly clear about the mercenary’s goal…to reboot a dying franchise so a dormant conveyor belt of product can get moving again.”
Elsewhere at the box office, Oscar-tipped King Richard failed significantly in opening weekend, earning only $5.7 million according to THR. It came in fourth after Ghostbusters, week three of Eternals, and week two of Clifford the big red dog. The Will Smith-led drama about Richard, Venus, and Serena Williams is a Warner Bros. movie, which means it can also be streamed on HBO Max.
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