Initial Reaction: Video Review - GHOSTBUSTERS

This week Charles and I are back on the summer blockbuster trail as the much anticipated/much denounced reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise hit theaters. Of course, the big "controversy" that surrounded the film was that director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, SPY) swapped the genders of the four main characters and made them women. Why this is an issue is kind of beyond common sense comprehension, but apparently it still is in 2016. All of that said, the 2016 Ghostbusters isn't going to break the mold, but it is far from being offensively bad enough to ruin anyone's childhood. Ghostbusters is fun and the all-new, all-female cast and the chemistry that exists between them is one of the best things about the film. Of course, with all of that aforementioned "controversy" surrounding the film it kind of inadvertently made this new movie something of a cultural event, but how would this contribute to its box office success or failure? Well, it seems Ghostbusters will be just fine as far as worldwide gross is concerned, but the $144 million price tag is really going to hurt the good news that the film opened with an estimated $46 million. This is the largest domestic opening for both director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy, but it is also their most expensive...by a long shot. Bridesmaids cost $32.5, The Heat came in at $43, and SPY continued the upward trend with a $65 million budget, but each of those films went on to make over $200 million worldwide. If Ghostbusters hits this same mark it will be nowhere near as big a victory given the budget, but as of right now it seems as if Ghostbusters will probably make its budget back in the states while counting on its overseas performance for profit. The movie made $19.1 million from three international territories this past weekend with key releases in Russia, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico, Spain, and Japan still to come. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and how strong the legs are on this one given the amount of hate it has received while also factoring in the "A-" CinemaScore for the under 25 crowd with an overall score of a "B+". As always, hit the jump to watch this week's review and be sure to subscribe to our channel as we have a new review (or reviews) up each week! Appreciate the support.



You can also read my full Ghostbusters review here.