‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Slimes The Competition With A $44 Million Bow; ‘King Richard’ Double-Faults In Its Debut

Turns out there’s still some life left in those proton packs after all.

Following a poorly received, all-female reboot in 2016, Sony’s Ghostbusters-Afterlife-2021-movie-posters/”>Ghostbusters: Afterlife slimed the competition at the pre-Thanksgiving box office this weekend, debuting to a much stronger-than-expected $44 million domestic haul.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Will Smith-led awards-hopeful, King Richard, stumbled out of the gate, bowing in fourth place with an underwhelming $5.7 million as the Joaquin Phoenix heartstring-puller C’mon C’mon.soared in limited release.Thirty-seven years after the first Ghostbusters became the top-grossing film of 1984, the fourth and latest entry in the specter-hunting franchise easily blew past box-office predictions that had it opening in the $27-$35 million range.

The PG-13-rated sci-fi comedy directed by Jason Reitman and starring Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, and a few old, familiar faces in cameo roles, unspooled in 4,315 locations and earned a $10,196 per-screen average.

That bow was just shy

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