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.