After all the vitriol and viciousness, Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters remake opened this past weekend to surprisingly positive reviews (including our own) and decent box office. Although it opened in second place, it was, at least, a close second just $4 million behind The Secret Life of Pets, and with the nearly $20 million it made overseas so far, Ghostbusters has enjoyed a first weekend tally of $65 million. That’s not huge money, but considering the film’s $144 million budget, it is positive sign, and perhaps enough to make Sony start talking about sequel potential. In fact, forget the “potential,” it’s more like a likelihood.
As the box office numbers came in yesterday, The Wrap talked to Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, about the sequel possibilities for Ghostbusters going forward. “The Ghostbusters world is alive and well. I expect Ghostbusters to become an important brand and franchise,” Bruer said. “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
That’s good news for franchise hungry Sony, who have largely been left in the lurch when it comes to the box office derby of expanded and shared universes and endless sequels. (Previously, they were hedging their bets on MiB23, the 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover.) If you waited till the very end of Ghostbusters, you know that Feig set up a sequel, and executive producer Dan Aykroyd talked about some kind of original Ghostbusters reunion throughout the production of the remake saying that if Feig’s movie was successful, it opened up further possibilities. You might have also noted the Aykroyd/Ivan Reitman shingle “Ghost Corps” at the beginning of the film, and what’s the point of doing a signature if you aren’t going to sign any more work? I guess we’ll see how big these ‘Busters can get.
Ghostbusters is now in theaters everywhere.