Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office: New “Ghostbusters” Opens Slightly Behind 2016 Version with $16 Million


The new “Ghostbusters” opened about the same as the old “Ghostbusters.”

Thursday-Friday numbers for “Frozen Empire” were $16 million. In 2016, “Afterlife” made $650,000 more during the same launch.

What happens today and tomorrow remains to be seen. The movie has a B+ Cinemascore, about even with its Rotten Tomatoes audience number of 86. Fans of the last chapter want to see it. It’s unclear if there’s motivation beyond that.

Some prognostications put the weekend at $42 million.

Meanwhile, Disney has finally dumped “Luca” into theaters without much enthusiasm. It made $150,000 last night. “Luca” already an international release, and is available on DVD. So there’s not going to be a rush to theaters.

More tomorrow…

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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