Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office: “Ghostbusters Frozen Empire” Finally Hits $100 Mil, “Civil War” Chips Away, “Ministry” Misses


The weekend box office wasn’t very exciting unless getting slimed was your preference.

After five weeks, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” finally hit $100 million. It’s been a slog. “Frozen Empire” is running $15 million behind “Ghostbusters Afterlife.” It’s already crested and is on the way out but at least they can say they’re part of the club.

For Sony, that’s good news since they’ve evidently lost the new Quentin Tarantino movie. The peripatetic director just doesn’t want to do it after a mountain of hype and expectation. That’s got to be a downer for Sony. Maybe Spider Man is on his way.

“Civil War” topped the list of films this week making a desultory $11 million.

Guy Ritchie’s “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” made $9 million, on its way to a mediocre run. I think the marketing has just been “this is an action film. go see it.” Otherwise, I have no sense of it. And $9 million in 2,845 theaters suggests no one else does either.
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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