You’ll remember as the all-female Ghostbusters reboot was being released in theaters, president of worldwide distribution at Sony told reporters that he had no doubt a sequel would be coming, “While nothing has been officially announced yet, there’s no doubt in my mind it will happen.”
It seemed like a pretty bold statement at the time, considering the film was being slammed by the general audience. So far, the film has earned close to $180 million worldwide, which would be a great number for most films. It’s a terrible number for Ghostbusters though.
The production budget was reportedly $144 million, and then they spent loads of money marketing the film. Sources say the movie needs to pull in $300 million at the box office for them to break even. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the film is going to hit that mark. Most experts believe it will struggle to reach $225 million, and that’s including the future earnings from the Japan, France and Mexico markets where it still hasn’t been released.
Sony shouldn’t feel too bad though. The only sequel that was truly successful this summer was Finding Dory. It’s been a pretty miserable summer for most franchises.
It’s important to remember that Sony hasn’t confirmed their plans (if any) for a direct sequel, but it certainly looks like they are focusing on other projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is working on an animated Ghostbusters feature, “that could hit theaters in 2019 and an animated TV series, Ghostbusters: Ecto Force, which is eyeing an early 2018 bow.”
That’s what the world needs. An animated Ghostbusters feature! Can’t wait!