Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Traps $60M Worldwide, ‘King Richard’ A Miss With $5.7M

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (review)-$44M

Sony may have finally found the right formula with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, after trying for years to get the franchise back on track. The Jason Reitman sequel opened with $44M domestic, which is great, although still $2M less than the 2016 movie that was deemed a dud. Worldwide the film has $60M, suggesting it could have a pretty strong overseas potential, as well.

2. Eternals– $10.8M/$135.8M

3. Clifford the Big Red Dog- $8.1M/$33.5M

4. King Richard (review)- $5.7M

Oscar buzz for Will Smith aside, King Richard was no winner in its first week with just $5.7M. I think we’re starting to see that audiences will pay for theatrical exclusive releases now, and I’m wondering why WB continues with this hybrid strategy for no reason. Fortunately, there’s only a month left in the year. The good news is that response to the film has been great from those who paid to see it in multiplexes and those who watched it at home on HBO Max. Speaking anecdotally, everyone I know who went out of their way to see it loved it and want to see Will get the Best Actor victory.

5. Dune– $3M/$98.1M

6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage– $2.8M/$206.5M

7. No Time to Die– $2.7M/$154.6M

8. The French Dispatch– $970K/$13.2M

9. Belfast– $940K/$3.4M

10. Ron’s Gone Wrong– $888K/$22M


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.