Ghostbusters Opens to $46.5 million, Could Still Flop


After months (years, actually) of controversy, we finally know how the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot did in its opening weekend. And it did…fine. Solid, even. The $144 million film opened to $46 million, finishing at the high end of weekend predictions and second at the box office behind The Secret Life Pets.

It is the third biggest opening weekend of a live-action film this summer (behind Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse) as well as the largest opener for Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig (besting The Heat’s $39.1 million in 2013).

The film earned a B+ grade on CinemaScore, the same score of Bridesmaids and Spy, which usually evens out to a final domestic gross of 3x the opener. So assuming this isn’t front-heavy, Ghostbusters should finish its US run with between $120-150 million, which while not amazing for a film that cost upwards of $150 million (before P&A), is far from the dumpster fire it could have been and is a good foot for Sony to start out on in their attempt to not have Ghostbusters join the (ever expanding) ranks of this year’s blockbuster busts.

The thing is though, Ghostbusters has to gross around $500 million just for Sony to break even, and that would mean an international total upwards of $300 million, a feat that is hard to imagine happening, especially because the film will likely not be released in China (the country has strict rules against films involving the paranormal).

So, Ghostbusters. Some people thought it could flop, some had it as high as $55 million, but it turns out, just like the quality of the film itself, its box office return is just kind of “meh.” Time will tell if it plays like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows or Central Intelligence, and if it will warrant more sequels.