I didn’t see Ghostbusters when it opened this weekend, but a lot of people I follow on Twitter did. And if their post-movie tweets are to be believed, it was the best movie in the history of movies and everyone and their granny went to see it and move over Citizen Kane. Critics already told us that the new all-lady Ghosbusters wasn’t the turd a million sad adult men with nostalgia boners were hoping it would be. But as for how many people ended up seeing it, well…let’s just say a lot more people wanted to see cartoon dogs sniff each others asses.
Variety says that Ghostbusters came in second place at this weekend’s box office behind The Secret Life of Pets. According to Box Office Mojo’s numbers, Ghosbusters made $46 million. That’s a lot, but that’s only about 30-ish percent of its budget of $144 million. There’s still next weekend, when it opens overseas (but not in China, because = ghosts).
Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets – a movie made by the same demons responsible for unleashing those horrible Minions on humanity – made $50.6 million. This was TSLOP‘s second weekend at the box office, which makes its US total a little more than $203 million so far. Third place went to The Legend of Tarzan with $11.1 million.
Of course, that’s not to say Ghostbusters didn’t do well. Sony considers the latest Ghostbusters a success and confirmed on Sunday that this is the “restart” of a brand relaunch. It also currently holds the top spot for the biggest opening weekend of a live-action comedy, beating Pitch Perfect 2. And I’m sure there’s a porn parody of Ghostbusters called Bustin’ Ghosts that also did very well this weekend. That is, unless it was beat out by a furry porn parody of The Secret Life of Pets called The Secret Life of Peens. In which case, don’t worry about it – there’s always next weekend!
Pic: Columbia Pictures