Did Ghostbusters bust at the box office?

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Despite the Internet‘s best efforts to destroy Paul Feig’s female-driven reboot, Ghostbusters had an impressive opening weekend with $46 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Granted, Ghostbusters couldn’t top the weekend box office, as The Secret Life of Pets remained at #1 with an estimated $50.5 million. Considering that Pets made over $100 last weekend, however, it was bound to hang onto the top spot for a second round. Second place is still a pretty good start for Ghostbusters, which had the biggest opening ever for a Paul Feig or Melissa McCarthy movie. The only problem is that the film cost $144 million to make. Since the film won’t be released in China, it will need to keep up the pace at the US box office to guarantee a sequel. Seeing how Feig’s films tend to have staying power, though, Ghostbusters could make somewhere between $150 and $200 million domestically.

Speaking of movies that have done better than expected, The Legend of Tarzan hung in there at #3 with $11.1 million. It’s now grossed over $100 million domestically and over $190 million worldwide on a $180 million budget.

While The Secret Life of Pets was the weekend’s box office champ, Finding Dory just keeps swimming regardless. It reached another landmark this weekend, making an estimated $11 million with a domestic total of $445.5 million. The Finding Nemo sequel has now officially surpassed Shrek 2 as the highest-grossing animated feature at the all time domestic box office. At the worldwide box office, though, Frozen is still the reining champ. 

Rounding out the top five was Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which made an estimated $7.5 million with a total of $31 million. Having a budget of $33 million, the comedy should break even and keep the studio happy.

Check out the full weekend box office estimates below:

1. The Secret Life of Pets – $50,560,000
2. Ghostbusters (2016) – $46,000,000
3. The Legend of Tarzan – $11,120,000
4. Finding Dory – $11,040,000
5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $7,500,000
6. The Purge: Election Year – $6,080,000
7. Central Intelligence – $5,300,000
8. The Infiltrator – $5,287,124
9. The BFG – $3,747,000
10. Independence Day: Resurgence – $3,450,000

 

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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