Who you gonna call when it don’t look good? Ghostbusters: Afterlife, that’s who when they shatter box offices with double the projected earnings on opening weekend.
A sequel to the 80s sci-fi comedy classic, “Afterlife,” has debuted at No. 1 in North America with a solid $44 million from 4,315 locations. with a global total of $60 million.
Because early tracking for the new Ghostbusters was less than for the Paul Feig-directed remake (which opened to $46M domestically in 2016), many writers lamented Afterlife as a massive bomb, but Ghostbusters is a success.
Another high-profile movie didn’t do as well. Despite well-reviews, Will Smith’s drama “King Richard,” in which he plays the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, only made $5.7 million from 3,302 locations, falling short by almost half of its modest expectations. HBO Max and theaters both aired the Warner Bros. film simultaneously.
Fans showed up in droves for Ghostbusters: Afterlife despite mixed reviews from critics – some even smashed it. The franchise is likely to be resurrected because of their enthusiasm.
Fans of any franchise should be pleased with Sony’s achievement in setting up the new film for success allowing the pathway for additional Ghostbusters films to be created in the future.
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Among the cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife are Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace, and many scenes feature a child who insists people call him ‘Podcast’.
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