Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Ghostbusters” Beats “Independence Day: Resurgence” In Race for $100 Mil by 9 Days


“Ghostbusters” is some sort of perceived failure. But guess what? The Paul Feig movie crossed the $100 million line on Saturday. It took 16 days.

By contrast, another franchise film, “Independence Day: Resurgence” took 27 days to reach $100 million. And today, “IDR” is dead at $101 million. “Ghostbusters” is up to $106 million. And it still has legs.

Also at the box office: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass came soaring back with “Jason Bourne” and $60 million for an opening weekend. They picked up $50 million in foreign territories. Not bad. That’s an easy $100 mil plus film with two sequels. That’s good news for Universal.

“Star Trek Beyond” crossed the $100 million mark this weekend, in 13 days. I kept hearing in advance this was a dud too. Far from it.

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” is now up to $3.9 million after three weeks. Woody’s last really big hit was “Blue Jasmine” in 2013 which went to $33 million. That may be a tough target, but we’ll see. “Magic in the Moonlight” did $10.3 million in 2014. Let’s get there first.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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