‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ grosses $44 million in theaters
Exterminating ghosts is still a pretty lucrative business after nearly 40 years.
Entering Thanksgiving weekend in the US, the latest attempt to revive “Ghostbusters” has drawn large numbers of moviegoers to theaters, while the award-winning “King Richard,” like most TV series in the series pandemic times, are facing difficulties.
With a homage to nostalgia and some celebrity guests in its arsenal, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” opened above industry expectations with $44 million in ticket sales from 4,315 locations points, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony movie is showing exclusively in theaters.
The first weekend of “Afterlife” really follows Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, which grossed $46 million in June 2016. Beyond the pandemic-era movie-watching routine is a bit tough. guess, the important difference is that “The Afterlife” costs about half as much to make.
Other premium offers over the weekend also failed. “King Richard,” the critically acclaimed TV series starring Will Smith as the father of two famous tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, has earned $5.7 million from 3,302 locations, falling short. almost half of modest expectations. Warner Bros movie. released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters.
While traditional blockbusters have attracted many audiences, dramas have struggled during the pandemic. Most launched in the $3 million range. One of the more successful debuts was the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” which grossed $8.8 million.
Meanwhile, with a limited release from A24, Mike Mills’ “C’mon C’mon” had one of the best limited platform launches since February 2020 with $134,447 from $5 Cinema. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who takes care of his 9-year-old grandson.