Monday, April 15, 2024

“Ghostbusters Frozen Empire” Previews Same as 2016, Rotten Reviews, Soft Audience Interest


The people who went to previews of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” in 2016 remain the audience for its sequel.

Last night, “Frozen Empire” took in $4.7 million, just $200,000 more than than the 2016 previews.

This was not a stampede.

The new movie has a rotten 44% on Rotten Tomatoes and a soft 86% from the audience last night.

It could be worse, I guess, for Sony Pictures, which is still struggling after “Madame Web” tanked in the last month. If only they could think of a way to get Peter Parker or some kind of Spider Man reference into “Frozen Empire.” That might do the trick.

What happens next? Bad weather is coming to the Northeast tonight and tomorrow, which may keep the Busters at home. The “Afterlife” opening weekend came in at $44 million. If “Frozen Empire” can tie that, the powers that be will satisfied. But much lower would not be celebrated.

Stay tuned…

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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