“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” tops North American box office in opening weekend

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LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua) — “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” took the top spot at the North American box office in its debut weekend with an estimated 44 million U.S. dollars from 4,315 locations, according to studio figures released by measurement firm Comscore on Sunday.

Reviews for the film just barely crossed the “Fresh” threshold on Rotten Tomatoes at 62 percent, but “fan service” element pushed the Sony’s new film, which has a origin version released in 1984, to fly up and capture the top of box office list.

The film has strong interest from both domestic older audiences in the United States who were children when the first movie was released and younger viewers lured in by the fresh-faced cast. On the contrary, its pre-weekend offshore projections were only at 16 million U.S. dollars in 31 international box office markets.

Boxoffice Pro.com said Sunday that Afterlife may have soared even higher in its debut if vaccination rates were higher among children ages 5 to 11 in the nation, who weren’t eligible to receive a shot until earlier this month.

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The weekend’s other wide debut, Warner Bros.’ King Richard, disappointed with a fourth-place finish with 5.7 million U.S. dollars.

MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die this weekend overtook Uni’s F9 to become the biggest Hollywood grosser worldwide this year and of the pandemic overall. The worldwide cume is now 734 million U.S. dollars for Mr. Bond, with a split of 579.4 million U.S. dollars internationally and 154.6 million U.S. dollars in domestic market.

For total box office, No Time To Die so far is the No. 3 movie globally behind two local Chinese pics, The Battle at Lake Changjin (882.6 million U.S. dollars) and Hi, Mom (822.0 million U.S. dollars).