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The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).
Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?
All are valid questions, but only »
- Luke Owen
He’s on a mission from God.
Last week, our Matthew Monagle wrote what I would consider to be the equivalent of an olive branch to Ghostbros, the subset of fandom that has been making coordinated attacks on the new Ghostbusters movie. They’ve tried everything from downvoting the trailer on YouTube to deflating the film’s IMDb score to organizing in an attempt to downvote every positive story on Reddit. At the time of Matthew’s piece, everything was “ha ha” funny, a sad story about a group that feels marginalized and their desperate attempt to thwart a major Hollywood release. We were calling for a change in discourse — a reexamination of how we talk about the things we love (and the things that might not be for us.
Then it all went to hell, as Ghostbros and notable Internet trash Milo Yiannopoulos led the charge in a series of disgustingly racist and sexist attacks on »
- Neil Miller
This week, Leslie Jones left Twitter after she was flooded with racist and hateful tweets from users after the release of the “Ghostbusters” reboot. As much as she tried to standup for herself, the hurtful messages were too much and left her feeling like she was in a “personal hell.” Original “Ghostbuster” and producer of the female-led flick Dan Aykroyd called out those Internet trolls and stood up for Jones.
“Well first of all she’s a great writer, great comedian and comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardship and she’s channelling that into a great achievement and a great career,” he said in an interview with Et Canada.
He continued by describing the type of people that he thought these insulters were. “These people, first of all, »
- Liz Calvario
Twitter trolls, be warned: Dan Aykroyd is not here for your racist remarks. During an interview with Et Canada on Tuesday, the original Ghostbusters cowriter and actor blasted internet haters following their recent attacks on fellow Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones. After praising Leslie's talents and calling her "a great writer" and "a great comedian," Dan did not hold back, saying, "First of all, they're insignificant gnats. They're losers. They have no lives of their own. They can probably barely pay for the WiFi they're using, probably [have] no jobs." And that's only the beginning! Watch his interview above now, then check out eight Leslie quotes that will make you wish she was your best friend. »
- Monica Sisavat
Yesterday, it was widely reported that new Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones quit Twitter after a series of racist attacks and non-stop bullying. Now, original Ghostbusters creator and star Dan Aykroyd has stepped forth with some harsh words for Jones' tormentors. The comedian was speaking with Entertainment Tonight Canada, and had this to say about Leslie Jones, praising her work.
"She is a great writer, a great comedian. She comes from a real urban background where she had a lot of hardships. She is channeling that into a great achievement and a great career."
That was very nice of Mr. Aykroyd. But the usually sweet natured man became rather heated in his next exchange, delivering a signature Aykroyd tirade that you might expect to hear come from one of his more verbose characters such as Dragnet's Joe Friday. He is obviously disgusted at some of the behavior that has gone on. »
Sad news for movie fans. Iconic American filmmaker and legendary TV sitcom creator Garry Marshall has passed away. Perhaps best known for turning Julia Roberts into a household name with his classic 1990 romanic comedy Pretty Woman, the man succumbed to complications from pneumonia following a stroke. A Los Angeles resident most of his life, he died Tuesday night in a Burbank, California hospital.
Garry Marshall was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Along with Pretty Woman, he also helped establish actress Anne Hathaway as a true Hollywood star with both 2001's The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. A true legend in both the world of film and television, news of his untimely demise was first announced by Access Hollywood. Cause of death was then later confirmed by TMZ.
The new Ghostbusters remake has resembled a cultural flashpoint for so long—thanks to a series of stupid protests by Internet-dwelling misogynists—that it felt like a tired topic even before the movie arrived in theaters last week. But if there is a positive side effect of that unwarranted attention, it’s that the critical debate surrounding the film has been somewhat more rousing than a decisively mediocre studio comedy might usually attract. At the New York Times, Manohla Dargis describes the movie’s generally agreed-upon strengths:It’s at once satisfyingly familiar and satisfyingly different, kind of like a new production of “Macbeth” or a Christopher Nolan rethink of Batman. As it turns out, the original “Ghostbusters” is one of those durable pop entertainments that can support the weight of not only a lesser follow-up (the 1989 sequel “Ghostbusters II”), but also a gender redo. That the new movie stars four »
Dan Aykroyd is standing up for Leslie Jones and comparing the social media trolls targeting her to Donald Trump supporters. Following a series of racist and offensive tweets, many of them criticizing her appearance, the Ghostbusters star, 48, took to Twitter on Monday to defend herself. "I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong," she wrote. Aykroyd, who starred in the original Ghostbusters, is now joining the new film's director, Paul Feig, and screenwriter, Katie Dippold, in coming forward to support the actress. »
- Michael Miller @write_miller
Well, it wasn’t quite the unmitigated disaster many were predicting, with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot opening to a decent enough $46 million in its domestic opening weekend (albeit in second place behind The Secret Life of Pets). International takings from a few major markets including the UK and Australia weren’t too strong though, adding just $18.1 million for a worldwide debut of $64.1 million.
Given its net production budget of $144 million, and marketing costs, THR estimates that the film will need to earn $375 – $400 million to break even – something that looks highly unlikely at this point, particularly with China refusing it a release and Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course set to cut into its audience.
Still, according to Sony’s Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution, the studio is very happy with the result, and he has no doubt we’ll see the gang back together for a sequel, »
- Gary Collinson
Read the reports on the weekend box office and you might wind up scratching your head about the performance of Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot.
Did it “fail” to unseat “The Secret Life of Pets” in first place? Yes. But opening at number one doesn’t necessarily guarantee a hit.
Was it strong enough to jump-start a long-dormant possible franchise? Sony is weaker in franchise depth than other studios and needed this Amy Pascal-produced flick to thrive. According to distribution chief Rory Bruer, the likelihood of a sequel is strong.
Box office success is measured by cost vs. return, expectations vs. reality, and last year’s record numbers vs. a weak summer 2016. Few summer 2016 releases grabbed more advance attention. During this feast-or-famine season, the mid-range initial “Ghostbusters” performance is far from great, but mainly positive. Word of mouth could drive more attendance.
This is a glass half-full/half-empty story. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Directed by Paul Feig.
Erin Gilbert, a disgraced physics teacher who grew up believing in ghosts, falls in with her estranged school friend Abby Yates and helps form the ‘Ghostbusters’, the only team able to prevent a spectral apocalypse befalling New York City…
Rarely has there been such an advance furore surrounding a movie as we’ve seen around the reboot of Ghostbusters. It was always going to be a contentious move. Two of the most beloved movies of the 1980’s (well, one at least!), synonymous blockbusters that help define that decade, which fans had long hoped may continue with a forever gestating third movie featuring original stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis & Sigourney Weaver. Nobody quite expected Hollywood to push the reboot button, »
- Tony Black
The reboot, remake whatever people are calling the new Ghostbusters film is a modern miracle. Not only because the new film is very good. It is miraculous that this movie got made at all. As some of you might remember, this thing was written off more times than a good tax shelter! However, it finally took visionary director Paul Feig and a cast of take no prisoner, comedic genius females (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones... with a solid assist from Chris Hemsworth), to bring this thing to fruition. Ultimately, what we have got is a fresh take on an original concept, that, if it were the only film in the series, would probably be even more special.
The question I am sure many of you have is ages old: Is the new version better than the old one? Truthfully, no. The original Ghostbusters from 1984 still features »
Earlier today, we reported that Sony Pictures' long-awaited Ghostbusters reboot fared well at the box office, taking in $46 million in its opening weekend, although it still fell a bit short of repeat winner The Secret Life of Pets. Many weren't sure how fans would react to this project, since there had been a number of fans of the original 1984 classic who have vocally spoken out against this new project that centers on four female Ghostbusters. While it remains to be seen how much Ghostbusters will earn during its theatrical run, it seems that Sony Pictures is already putting plans together for a sequel.
This Ghostbusters reboot was produced with a $144 million budget, and its additional $19.1 million from international markets puts its worldwide total at $65.1 million for its opening weekend. While those numbers won't break any records, the movie has been praised by critics, with a 73% Fresh rating on Rotten tomatoes. »
Few summer 2016 releases have grabbed more advance attention that Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot. During this feast-or-famine summer, its modest initial performance is far from great, but mainly positive.
The weekend brought few new releases, another reason grosses fell short of the same weekend last summer.
The Top Ten
$50,560,000 (-51%) in 4,381 theaters (+11); PTA (per theater average): $11,541; Cumulative: $203,148,000
2. Ghostbusters (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 60; Est. budget: $144 million
$46,000,000 in 3,963 theaters; PTA: $11,607; Cumulative: $46,000,000
$11,120,000 (-47%) in 3,551 theaters (-40); PTA: $3,132; Cumulative: $103,050,000
$11,040,000 (- »
- Tom Brueggemann
Heading into this weekend at the box office, it was expected to be a very close race between last weekend's winner The Secret Life of Pets and Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters reboot. As it turned out, both movies came in a bit under their weekend projections, but it still remained a close race, with The Secret Life of Pets coming out on top with $50.5 million in its second weekend in theaters. Ghostbusters wasn't too far behind, though, with a solid opening weekend of $46 million.
We were predicting that Secret Life of Pets will drop 40%, which would would put its second weekend total at $62.5 million, since most animated movies don't drop as much as other summer blockbusters. Box Office Mojo reports that The Secret Life of Pets dropped 51.5% with a healthy $11,541 per-screen average. This animated comedy has now taken in an impressive $203.1 million domestically and another $50.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $253.9 million. »
The rebooted “Ghostbusters” is launching with a respectable $46.5 million opening weekend at 3,963 locations, trailing “The Secret Life of Pets” for the top spot at the U.S. box office, Saturday estimates showed.
Illumination-Universal’s hit “The Secret Life of Pets” should win the weekend with $50 million at 4,381 sites, declining only 52% from its opening. The animated comedy’s 10-day total will hit $202 million by the end of Sunday.
Sony-Village Roadshow’s “Ghostbusters,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, is on its way to posting the best debut weekend for a live-action comedy since “Pitch Perfect 2” opened with $69 million last year. Sony’s recent estimates had been in the $38 million to $40 million range while rivals had forecasted correctly that it would take in between $45 million and $50 million.
“Ghostbusters” topped “Pets” on its opening day on Friday with $17.2 million, while “Pets” took in $15 million on its eighth day. »
- Dave McNary
To bring the iconic ’80s franchise “Ghostbusters” back for a new generation, director Paul Feig called on previous collaborator and very funny lady in her own right — screenwriter Katie Dippold. Dippold (pictured below) wrote “The Heat,” which saw Feig direct one of his “Ghostbusters” leading ladies Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock all the way to the bank for a domestic box office take of $160 million in 2013. It’s no surprise Feig called her again to help update the beloved Bill Murray-Dan Aykroyd movie, which sees McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon tangle with the paranormal on the. »
- Matt Donnelly
The female-led “Ghostbusters” has finally arrived in theaters. Since its announcement, the film has been tarnished and criticized by fanboys of the original for its new version involving four women in the lead roles. But before you judge the reboot, a new video essay by Kevin B. Lee wants you to take a look at how the original 1984 action flick depicted women and if you find anything sexist about it.
“The new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie was hit with backlash for its all-female cast because the gender-switching is supposedly not true to the original,” states the opening lines in the video. “It got us wondering: What roles did women have in the 1984 version?”
Read More: The Onion Reviews ‘Ghostbusters,’ a Reminder That the Souls of All Sinners Should ‘Suffer Forever’
- Liz Calvario
The rebooted “Ghostbusters” is heading for a solid-but-not-stellar $45 million opening weekend for second place at the U.S. box office, early estimates showed Friday.
Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” will be the winner with around $50 million at 4,381 sites this weekend, declining only 52% from its massive opening. The animated comedy’s 10-day total will be over $200 million by the end of Sunday.
Sony has maintained that the all-female “Ghostbusters” will finish in the $40 million range at 3,963 locations but box office trackers have been projecting in recent days that the action-comedy would take in between $45 million and $50 million. It’s opening day on Friday is projected to hit about $18 million, topping “Pets” by about $3 million.
“Ghostbusters” is coming into the market with massive awareness among moviegoers, thanks to good will from the iconic 1984 original plus a massive marketing campaign for the reboot. Reviews have been mostly positive with a 73% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
- Dave McNary
Whether the new Ghostbusters becomes your favorite movie of all time or , well, not , one universal truth will always remain: 1983's Ghostbusters is a great movie. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson hit it out of the park when they originally portrayed the paranormal investigators. Murray's Peter Venkman is definitely the most quotable of the bunch, but almost everyone in the cast got a good one-liner in there. In honor of the reboot's release, take a trip down memory lane with some of the best quotes from the original films that you might not even realize you've been using this whole time. »
- Maggie Pehanick
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