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August 20, 2016

There is a Sequel and it is Zuul

The new Ghostbusters film was pretty good – it overcame a good amount of negative hype by people who don’t believe that women can lead movies, opening to the tune of $46 million. That’s a personal best for director Paul Feig and writer/actress Melissa McCarthy, and the best opening of a live action comedy in either 2016 or 2015, so, yeah… well done. Great movie.

Recent movie trends being what they are, we were promised a sequel.

Yeah, excuse the cell-phone quality on that video. It was filmed (not by us) on a cell phone.

In case someone takes the video down, it’s got our heroines testing out some new equipment when Patty hears about something called Zuul. It walks a fine line between funny and tense, because we know what Zuul leads to and the Ghostbusters don’t. The question is will we ever get that sequel?

The Ghostbusters movie had a budget of $144 million, plus about a $100 million spent on advertising to combat the whiny man-babies that were determined not to like it because women starred in it. Current Hollywood accounting figures that the movie will have to make about $300 million more overseas and in home sales to justify a sequel, and with the Chinese government having no interest in the film it’s unlikely to get the boost from that part of the world that trash like the new Jason Bourne and even Batman v Superman: Giant Mess can expect.

The movie does have more of a chance than most, however, as Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution over at Sony Pictures, is determined to make the movie a franchise.

“I expect ‘Ghostbusters’ to become an important brand and franchise,” Rory said. “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”

We’ll have to wait and see, but fingers they are crossed.

One Comment on “There is a Sequel and it is Zuul

Thrill
August 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

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Huh? Ghostbusters opened at $46 million on its opening weekend, not $64 million. As for the Paul Feig movie comparison, it’s currently doing worse than some of his other movies overseas.

As for sequel prospects, no movie that cost more than $135 million to produce and earned less than $300 million at the box office has ever gotten a sequel. It’s not impossible for Ghostbusters to be the first, just unprecedented and highly unlikely.

Ghostbusters is struggling to pass the $230 million mark at the box office and probably won’t. I don’t see how it sells more than $70 million in DVD’s over the next year or even gets close to it. That’s way more than Star Wars: TFA or Deadpool. Hell, it took Bridesmaids almost 4 years to make $70 million in DVD sales (not counting Blueray) and it made more at the box office than Ghostbusters will.

My advice is to support the animated extension of the franchise, wait for a younger audience to get really into it, and then try again with a live action reboot after 2020. This movie just didn’t work out.

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