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Will Paul Feig’s streak of ruined childhoods and devastated kids never find its end? It’s bad enough that the Bridesmaids director had to go and make a fun, funny, female-led reboot of Ghostbusters. Now he’s going after the childhoods of today, too, by encouraging kids to buy an absolute crap-ton of toys based on his film.
That’s per Mattel, which says that its Ghostbusters line of toys has “exceeded expectations” for sales in the wake of the film’s July 15 release. That’s across both male and female demographics, apparently, which might owe in part to the company’s decision to ignore decades of cootie-prevention research and place action figures of Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig—confirmed girls—in the “boy” action-figure aisles at stores.
“We’re thrilled with the response to the new Ghostbusters toy line,” a company executive told Variety, before presumably darting ...
- William Hughes
I have only one requirement of a comedy: It must make me laugh. A chuckle is fine. A smile or a grin is appreciated. A knee slap is great. However if you promise me a comedy, at some point i’m going to have to laugh. The Jackass movies are childish larks of grown men performing ridiculous stunts and abuse to themselves, but when those guys jump into a shopping cart and crash into a garbage dumpster, I’m laughing. Or when i’m watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon doing their Michael Caine impressions over a nice meal, I’m laughing. Or when the Kristen Wiig and the cast of Bridesmaids are dealing with a bout of food poisoning and desperate to find a private place to void their bowels, I’m laughing. Not all comedies work and humor is very much a subjective experience. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Academy Award®-nominated Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat) takes charge in the outrageous, hilarious new comedy The Boss, arriving on Digital HD on July 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more fun and hilarity with deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel, and alternate ending not seen in theaters! The Blu-ray™ and Digital HD also feature even more extras including an exclusive look at Melissa’s original 2005 comedy performance as Michelle Darnell at the world famous Groundlings – the act that brought The Boss to life!
Melissa McCarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. After doing her time, Michelle emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she steamrolled is so quick to forgive and forget. With nowhere »
- Movie Geeks
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 »
How the Filmmaker Honors Women by Capturing Our World Authentically.
In case you missed it during your trip to Mars: the new, very funny and in some ways, revolutionary Ghostbusters — co-written by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig — stars four exceptional women in lead roles. After much noisy whining and many buckets of tears shed by insecure manbabies, we finally know that the Paul Feig-directed remake is indeed very good, stands on its own as a fresh take on an existing universe and resides harmoniously alongside the original film that came 32 years before it. But that’s not all. We also know that the new Ghostbusters thankfully isn’t just a simplistic gender-swapped comedy that forces male-centric themes onto its story just for the sake of being gentle on the aforementioned manbaby crusaders and skeptics. It is instead unapologetically true to the female experience in portraying its lead characters (played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig »
- Tomris Laffly
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
After months of speculation, YouTube video mass disliking, and vitriol-spewing across the Internet, the Ghostbusters reboot finally hit theaters this weekend. And it did just fine, thank you very much. Ghostbusters earned $46 million in North America in its first weekend. While that number’s having some outlets blast out headlines like “Is a $46 million weekend big enough?” and “Why the Ghostbusters reboot may haunt Sony,” there is one positive milestone I have to highlight here. Ghostbusters amassed the biggest opening weekend gross for any live-action comedy in 2016. Last year’s largest opening weekend for a non-animated comedy: Pitch Perfect 2. (The a cappella sequel also went on to be the highest grossing live-action comedy of the whole year.) Pitch Perfect 2 earned more than other 2015 comedies like Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 and Seth Rogen movie The Night Before. This weekend, Ghostbusters grossed more than twice as much as this year’s Rogen comedy, »
- Emily Rome
The remake has many issues, but one of them tops the rest.
Warning: this column features Spoilers for Ghostbusters (2016).
The new Ghostbusters is dividing critics and fans, and it has nothing to do with the heroes being women this time. Well, actually the female leads are a part of some of the praise going around, including this site’s official review of the movie. But it’s never a problem, unless you’re sexist. The actual problems with the movie vary from issues we can nitpick about, like the distracting cameos, and subjective criticisms, like the jokes not being funny, to quality complaints, such as those regarding the CG effects. None of these, even added up, make it a bad movie, though. Just one major problem takes care of that, and it’s the matter of the Ghostbusters’ lack of shortcomings.
Do they have moments of slapstick bumbling? Sure, but when it comes to the whole story »
- Christopher Campbell
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
Sony claims that by arming Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig with proton packs and sending them out to battle the undead, the studio has successfully rebooted the “Ghostbusters” franchise. On Sunday, Sony marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein predicted more sequels to come.
“This is a restart of one of our most important brands,” he said. “We relaunched a 30-year-old property by making it both new and nostalgic.”
It’s true that internet trolls, horrified over the idea that the original ’80s all-male team was getting an estrogen injection, were foiled in their attempts to spew ectoplasm all over the film. But its $46 million debut isn’t exactly a blockbuster result. Indeed, the paranormal comedy’s launch exists in a nebulous region between hit and disappointment.
“The story isn’t told on this film,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It’s too soon to say they’ve relaunched this franchise. »
- Brent Lang
For a fifth straight weekend in a row an animated film has taken the #1 spot at the box office as Illumination and Universal's The Secret Life of Pets followed up its record-breaking opening with a chart-topping sophomore session, pushing the launch of Sony's Ghostbusters reboot to second. Meanwhile, Finding Dory has now become the highest grossing animated release of all-time domestically as Warner Bros. adds two new films to 2016's century club with The Legend of Tarzan and The Conjuring 2. The weekend was down 26% from last week and ~17% compared to last year, yet there is still plenty to highlight. The Secret Life of Pets finished #1 for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $50.5 million (51.5% drop), bringing its domestic cume to an impressive $203.1 million after just ten days in release. This already places the animated hit higher than Disney's Tangled and just behind Pixar's Ratatouille on the all-time animated chart. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Despite a brilliant cast, this all-female reboot fails to deliver the gag power of the original. However, it’s hardly the disaster the trolls have been predicting
When word first broke about a female-led reboot of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 fantasy-comedy Ghostbusters, the internet reacted with a stream of sexist bile more foul than the slimy green ectoplasm spewed up by an angry demon. Like the shrieking anger that greeted news that 2014’s Annie would have an African American star, Ghostbusters 2016 became the focus of hostility born of prejudice and disguised as reverence for the source material. And as with Will Gluck’s flawed but serviceable musical (which I enjoyed more than many), it would have been great to report that the finished film is good enough to shut the bigoted naysayers up once and for all.
The harsh truth is that it isn’t – at least, not quite. Although infinitely »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Sony can finally breath easy. For a second or two. It appears that the new Ghostbusters remake will not be a bomb as many expected. The movie's opening day box office has set a new record for both star Melissa McCarthy and Director Paul Feig. But that might not be good enough for what the studio considers one of its tentpole titles. An umbrella they plan to make movies under for infinity. Perhaps that won't happen quite as planned.
Sony and Village Roadshow are now predicting a $46.5 million opening weekend for this new Ghostbusters, which also stars comedy heavyweight Kristen Wiig along with first time feature film headliners Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The movie pulled in $16.9 million on Friday, winning that day at the box office. If the movie does, in fact, pull in what is expected, it will easily beat Feig and McCarthy's current highest opening weekend gross of $39.1 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
McCarthy and spouse Ben Falcone set up the comedy project several months ago at Warner’s New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing. As with “The Boss,” McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company.
“Life of the Party” is the second project set up at New Line with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing following 2014’s “Tammy,” which grossed $100 million worldwide on a $19 million budget.
- Dave McNary
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
Directed by Paul Feig.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Cecily Strong, Neil Casey, Elizabeth Perkins, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
It is completely ridiculous that the gender politics controversy surrounding Paul Feig’s (Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids) Ghostbusters reboot has spiraled out of control to the point where I must begin my review by saying up front that while I do not particularly think this film is great, I am not misogynistic or sexist. Some of my most highly praised movies of last year here starred women (Brie Larson gave the best acting achievement of 2015 in the emotionally charged Room, »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago –Throughout the reboot of “Ghostbusters,” it becomes obvious that co-writer/director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat”) is just going to do a straight re-do of the 1984 film, because the film lacks his sardonic touch, even though it does entertain and has the requisite big special effects.
The film amuses, but is rarely laugh-out-loud funny. It chooses to focus on ghost busting itself, which means lots of running towards the next adventure, an over-analyzing on what the ghosts are or mean, and less commentary on the absurdity of it all. Except for Kate McKinnon – and maybe Kristen Wiig – the all female G-busters are stripped of any character or personality, and could have been played by anybody. Why cast Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones (of “Saturday Night Live”) if you can’t let them loose? There are great special effects, the film used amazing modern techniques that weren’t available »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sony’s all-female “Ghostbusters” has opened with a solid $3.4 million at U.S. theaters in Thursday night preview shows.
The comedy is launching against the second session of Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets,” which will probably take in around $55 million this weekend.
“Ghostbusters” is pegged by the studio to finish in the $38 million to $40 million range at 3,950 locations this weekend, but box office trackers believe the action-comedy reboot will take in more like $45 million to $50 million.
“Ghostbusters” is coming into the market with mostly positive reviews, reflected in a current 73% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has generated massive awareness, partly due to fans of the 1984 original griping about women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — filling the roles originated by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.
Online ticketing service Fandango reported on Wednesday that “Ghostbusters” was its top pre-selling live-action comedy of the year, »
- Dave McNary
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