Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Ghostbusters Reboot" Flops Last Weekend

Ghostbusters Flopped
Last weekend,the unexpectedly controversial reboot of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 "Ghostbusters" earned a horrifying US$ 46 million for its debut, as well as a B+ Cinemascore from general audiences.

On Metacritic, the viewers only give this movie a 2.5 out of 10 recommendation. Richard Roeper's review from the Chicago Sun-Times (which is featured on Metacritic) is hilarious.

Rotten Tomato viewers are only at 57.0 percent in liking it with the critics at 73.0 percent (usually the viewer score is higher than the critic score). Given the budget and number of theaters at which it opened, any other movie with these numbers would be classified as a flop.

The international box office on this flick is less than US$ 20 million. Given the opening of the new "Star Trek" and "Ice Age" movies next week, this movie could drop as low as number six (in its second week of release) and lose up to 70 percent of its box office receipts from this week.

The general consensus is that it was not that funny. The pacing of the film was rushing from scene to scene without much setting up of the jokes.

There also wasn't a central character that had a passive aggressive destructive personality that offset the ghosts. This was done by Bill Murray in the original, but not so much in the sequel.

As for a love interest which was a core element of the original film, the best it can offer is having Kristen Wiig's character looking gaga at Chris Hemsworth's character. Not much romance. As for Hemsworth's character, instead of putting a complete airhead role in his character, if the movie had shown him as a down and out guy just trying to get a job and making an effort to learn his job, it may have worked.

For now, the only saving grace is that it offers the audience a chance to get a first look at Hemsworth’s dance moves at the credit scene.

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