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‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Weekend Debut Pushes the Franchise to The $1 Billion Mark

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” reaches a major milestone for the franchise. | Finn Wolfhard as Trevor, Carrie Coon as Callie, Paul Rudd as Mr. Grooberson, and Mckenna Grace as Phoebe in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire | Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

Who You Gonna Call When That Major Milestone Is Achieved

The Ghostbusters called last weekend, and the fans answered. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire makes box office numbers for the franchise hit 1 billion.

Ghostbusters in the Hall of Fame

After releasing five films in the franchise, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire was able to push the box office revenue to over the $1 billion milestone. Frozen Empire’s domestic opening weekend earned $45.2 million, stuffing it right between the box office debuts for the previous two installments. Inching out its predecessor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which debuted with $44 million in 2021, Frozen Empire came in right under the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, which premiered with $46 million. Furthermore, outside of the United States, the film grossed $16.4 million, for a $61.6 million total worldwide opening weekend. 

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ Busting the Box Office

While having a dedicated following and leaving a major pop culture footprint, the Ghostbusters franchise hasn’t had major success at the box office. 1984’s Ghostbusters earned $229.3 million at the box office, with its sequel, 1989’s Ghostbusters II, taking a dip with $112.4 million. Oddly enough, the 2016 reboot from Paul Feig with the all-female Ghostbusters team earned $229 million, matching the number for the original. However, 2021’s Ghostbusters: After was considered relatively successful, despite earning $204.3 million, with the majority of its success steaming from its ability to keep costs low at $75 million, unlike 2016’s Ghostbusters.

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” reaches a major milestone for the franchise. | Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, and Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters | Image courtesy of Sony Pictures
Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, and Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters (2016) | Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

Currently, the future of the franchise seems up in the air. 2016’s Ghostbusters was the first in what was hoped to be a franchise starter that would spawn numerous sequels, none of which ever came to pass. Moreover, Sony did form a production company called Ghost Corps dedicated to producing Ghostbuster films. At this point, the studio hasn’t announced any upcoming projects, but with Sony forming Ghost Corps, it seems obvious they hope to have a lucrative franchise.

Beyond ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’

By the end of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, it didn’t seem as if the filmmakers were setting up a sequel, however, one can’t rule out any possible plans. In February, Frozen Empire director Gil Kenan told Total Film that there are hopes for more Ghostbuster movies. 

“Jason [Reitman] and I really love Ghostbusters,” Kenan said. “We love these characters and we would be really happy if audiences were down to keep going on adventures with them. If audiences feel this way, then we know what the next stories are going to be.” 

As of yet, there hasn’t been any confirmation on whether Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will receive a sequel or not. With Frozen Empire solidifying Ghostbusters as a billion-dollar franchise, it’s likely to motivate the studio to continue exploiting the series and try to keep it alive. For now, fans will have to wait and see when the box office settles if the franchise is worth continuing or not. 

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is currently playing in theaters.

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” reaches a major milestone for the franchise. | Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, and Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) | Image courtesy of Sony Pictures
Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore, Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz, and Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) | Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

Ghostbusters: Frozern Empire (2024) Official Trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures 

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Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.
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