The sequel to Sony’s supernatural comedy “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” aims to generate $ 30 million in 4,300 theaters on its domestic box office debut.
The weekend’s final figure could vary slightly, with the studio predicting a three-day tally of nearly $ 28 million and independent tracking services estimating a start closer to $ 35 million. Either way, the PG-13 “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is aiming for a top spot at the domestic box office. In terms of new national releases, its only competition is the Warner Bros. sports drama. “King Richard”, starring Will Smith as the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. This film is expected to collect $ 8-10 million in 3,250 theaters while simultaneously playing on HBO Max.
Jason Reitman directed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, taking the reins from his father Ivan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 film “Ghostbusters”. The first film – starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as ghost-catching parapsychologists – achieved critical and commercial success, later giving sequels, animated series, video games, and an ill-fated reboot in 2016. The next installment picks up 30 years after the original series and focuses on a family who moves to a little corner and discovers their connection to the legendary ghost-catching business. Murray, Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from early films, while Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd have joined the cast.
Sony has triumphantly relaunched decades-old properties, in the case of 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and its 2019 sequel “The Next Level,” as well as 2020’s “Bad Boys for Life.” the studio learned the hard way, through major box office disappointments in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Men In Black: International” in 2019 that not all franchises are destined to return to the big screen. So it helps that “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, which cost $ 75 million to produce, generated positive reviews. Varieties Chief film critic Peter Debruge said the young Reitman gave the series “a new burst of energy”.
“The good news for ‘Ghostbusters’ fans is that ‘Afterlife’ does nothing to tarnish what came before, overseen by Jason Reitman, carrying on the legacy of his father (and ‘Ghostbusters’ director) Ivan, who played an important role behind the scenes in shaping this 21st century update, ”he wrote.
“King Richard” will be an interesting test for Warners, as virtually none of its 2021 releases made it to the box office while being offered on HBO Max at the same time. Although “King Richard” aims for humble beginnings, the feel-good film – about a father’s determination to turn his daughters into star athletes – could benefit from rave word-of-mouth. Oscar pundits believe the film could end up in the awards race, potentially extending its lifespan in theaters. Along with Smith, the cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal.
Debruge, who also revised “King Richard” for Variety, called the film a “gripping real-life drama”. He wrote: “Starring a grizzled and almost unrecognizable Will Smith in the title role, ‘Monsters and Men’ director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s ‘King Richard’ is a good old Horatio Alger story for our time, detailing how a black kid who grew up “running from the Klan” in Shreveport, Louisiana, set a goal and achieved it. “
Elsewhere at the domestic box office, A24’s black-and-white drama “C’mon, C’mon,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is one of many independent films released in limited edition .