Original estimates had Paul Feig and Katie Dippold’s reboot debuting to $38 million, but thanks to mostly positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth (“strong,” in that everyone’s talking about; there is no such thing as bad publicity, etc. etc. etc.), Sony expects Ghostbusters to bring in $50 million this weekend. That’s against a reported $144 million budget, though, which is astronomically high for a comedy. Plus it has strong competition. As noted by ComicBook.com, “It might not be enough to take the top spot from The Secret Life of Pets, which hit the ground running with a $104 million opening weekend, and in its second week could add another $55 million.” That sounds like the first step towards the inevitable Slimer-Minions spinoff movie.
Let’s say Ghostbusters makes exactly $50 million. That would be good for the 193rd biggest opening weekend ever (not adjusted for inflation), between 2013’s The Great Gatsby and Taken 2. That doesn’t sound particularly impressive, but it would “easily crack the top five sci-fi comedy openings of all time,” reports the Wrap. So, that’s something? Maybe Fall Out Boy can take their families to see it a few dozen times. It’s the least they can do after… this.