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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Captures the Weekend Box Office

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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.

In comic films…

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 47 films earning $83,118,450 from 30,225 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 $2,749.99 this past weekend, an increase from the previous weekend’s $2,332.08.

Warner Bros. Shakes Things Up with Dueling Releases on HBO Max and Theaters for 2021

Warner Bros.

It was going to eventually happen but COVID has sped things up as Warner Bros. is making an earthshaking move when it comes to movie distribution. The studio will send 17 films to HBO Max for 31 days, to be released the same day as theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s HBO Max and theater release on Christmas day was just the tip of the iceberg as more are to come.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Other films include Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.

The decision will cause an uproar from theater owners who not only lose in this model but are struggling, and will struggle, to stay open due to the pandemic. The decision, according to reports, was not shared with exhibitors and was kept secret at Warner Bros. The studio will likely need to renegotiate with theater chains and offer up something so to as not completely lose their support.

But, something needed to be done. With a still unknown future and COVID vaccination likely to take most of 2021 the release schedule would be shaky and risky to rely just on theaters. Further delays would hurt the entire industry further creating a backlog of productions and likely cutting numerous projects as held up films would take up future release dates creating a ripple effect.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said:

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added:

After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich also said:

This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide-ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.

The films will roll at internationally as planned and the decision is focused on the US audience.

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