It shouldn’t be a big surprise but Ghostbusters: Afterlife took the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $44 million. The film also grossed $16 million at the international box office for a worldwide debut of $60 million. The film has generally had a positive from audiences while critics have been mixed.
The original Ghostbusters debuted in 1984 with $13,578,151 about $36.1 million in today’s dollars. It also had a budget of $30 million which is just under $80 million in today’s dollars. Ghostbusters: Afterlife has a reported budget of about $75 million. So, compared to the original, the numbers aren’t so bad for this relaunch.
The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot opened with $46,018,755 which is about $53 million in today’s dollars. That had a budget of $144,000,000 which is about $166 million today.
Ghostbusters II debuted with $29,472,894 in 1989 which is about $65.7 million today. That film had a budget of about $25 million, around $55.8 million in today’s dollars.
We still have have a bit to go to see where Ghostbusters: Afterlife ends but as far as opening, the film is one of the more successful films, with a moderate budget by today’s standards. If it has some legs, expect sequels to spin out of it but there’s still some time to see how it does. No matter, Sony should be happy with the relaunch of the property and its debut.
In second place was Eternals which dropped from last weekend’s first place. It earned an estimated $10.8 million to bring its domestic total to $135.8 million. Over the week, the film grossed around $37.7 million to bring its international total to $200.3 million. The film has grossed $336.1 million after three weeks.
Clifford the Big Red Dog slipped one spot to come in third place. The film grossed an estimated $8.1 million to bring its domestic total to $33.5 million. No international total has been returned.
King Richard debuted in fourth place with an estimated $5.7 million. It also grossed $2.5 million internationally for a worldwide gross of $8.2 million.
Dune rounded out the top five dipping from last weekend’s third place. The film grossed an estimated $3.1 million to bring its domestic total to $98.2 million. It also grossed $10.8 million internationally over the week to bring that to $268.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $367.1 million.
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Venom: Let There Be Carnage slipped out of the top five to come in sixth. It earned an estimated $2.8 million. The film has grossed $206.5 million domestically after eight weeks. Over the week the film has grossed $9.4 million at the international box office to bring its total to $248.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $454.7 million worldwide.
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission didn’t chart and its domestic total has remained just under $9.8 million. Internationally, the film added about $400,000 over the week to bring that to $30.5 million and its worldwide gross to $40.2 million.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed an estimated $52,000 to bring its domestic total to $224.5 million. The film also grossed about $700,000 at the international box office where it now stands out $206.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $431.3 million.
Black Widow looks like it has ended its domestic run. Domestically, the film has grossed a little under $183.7 million. The international total stands at $196 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $379.6 million.
Old looks like its run has completely ended. Domestically, the film has grossed $48.2 million. Internationally, the film stood at $41.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $90.1 million.
The Suicide Squad remained steady during the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $55.8 million. The film has also earned $111.6 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has grossed $167.4 million.
Initial numbers have 25 films earning $82,250,454 from 29,581 theaters. That’s a decent increase from last weekend’s 37 films which earned $69,724,432 from 29,898 theaters. The average earning was $2,780.52 this past weekend, an increase from the previous weekend’s $2,332.08.