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“Ghostbusters” Arrive with a Bit of a Bang

While last week’s number one film held strong for a second weekend, all eyes were on four ladies with proton packs on their backs. How did things turn out at the movies? Here’s what went down:

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The Secret Life of Pets held on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, bringing in an estimated $50.5 million, raising its two week total to an excellent $203 million on a $75 million budget. It looks as though Illumination has a new franchise on its hands. 

Debuting in second place with an estimated $46 million is the Paul Feig-helmed Ghostbusters reboot. That number is a record opening for both Feig and star Melissa McCarthy. The number, realistically, is a little on the low side, but considering the perceived fan backlash that circled the movie for months, Sony should be pretty pleased with this debut. Ghostbusters may not be a huge hit domestically, but it’s already garnered critical praise and acceptance and love from fans who have seen it, so in this case, it may be less about big grosses and more about looking towards the future and a likely second film in the franchise.

As for the rest of the top five, The Legend of Tarzan was in third place with $11.1 million, with Finding Dory nipping at its heels with $11 million. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates closed things out in fifth place with $7.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Secret Life of Pets – $65 million
2) Ghostbusters – $45 million
3) The Legend of Tarzan – $12 million
4) Finding Dory – $11 million
5) The Infiltrator – $9 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) The Secret Life of Pets – $50.5 million
2) Ghostbusters – $46 million
3) The Legend of Tarzan – $11.1 million
4) Finding Dory – $11 million
5) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – $7.5 million

Next week sees the release of Star Trek Beyond, Lights Out and Ice Age: Collision Course. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

 

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on July 17, 2016, in box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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