After literally years of bitter online jousting between supporters and detractors, the new Ghostbusters finally hit theaters this weekend and it did alright. The movie brought in $46 million at the domestic box office, which is pretty darn good for a comedy, but Ghostbusters isn’t really a straightforward comedy. It’s an action-comedy reboot of one of the most recognizable properties in Hollywood that cost $145 million to make and probably even more to market.
At this point, it would be jumping the gun to call the new Ghostbusters a blockbuster, but it seems as though Sony is already gung-ho to make another. The Wrap caught up with Sony Worldwide Distribution President Rory Bruer, who had this to say about a Ghostbusters sequel:
“The Ghostbusters world is alive and well. I expect Ghostbusters to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
Again, nothing is 100%, but that sounds like pretty good news for fans of the reboot who regard it as a fun and funny take. Will the entire gang be back, though? The cast is doubtlessly under contract for more (exactly how many franchises can Chris Hemsworth be a part of at one time?), but would producer and director Paul Feig want to sign up for more after such an arduous experience with fans? Time will tell, but the appeal of being able to do a second film that would be unburdened by the need to tell an origin story and fill it with callbacks might be enough to make it worthwhile.
(via The Wrap)