‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ scares up $44M at box office

Moviegoers still ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost.

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” a sequel to the 1984 sci-fi comedy classic, scored big at the box office this weekend, collecting $44 million from 4,315 theaters, Variety reported. The film also opened at No. 1 in North America, the website reported.

Overseas, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” collected $16 million from 31 markets for a worldwide launch of $60 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s a really solid number,” Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst, told The Associated Press. “Part of that is the theatrical exclusive release. This shows that this brand is really powerful even some 37 years after the original became a cultural phenomenon.”

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts and Paul Rudd. The film follows what happens when a single mom and her two children arrive in a small town and discover their connection to the original ghostbusters, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences, the website reported.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is directed by Jason Reitman, whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed the original “Ghostbusters” movie.

Sony’s 2016 all-female reboot of “Ghostbuster” pulled in $46 million during its first weekend, Variety reported. However, that film cost $144 million to make, compared to the $75 million for “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

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