Ghostbusters Opens With $46 Million, But Can't Beat Secret Life of Pets

Sony's reboot rakes in millions, but Universal's animated movie stays on top for a second straight week.

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Sony's long-awaited and controversial Ghostbusters reboot opened in theaters on Friday in the US. The first-weekend projections are now in, and the action-comedy is expected to make $46 million, according to Deadline. This is a "tad higher" than the Hollywood site expected, it said.

"This is the biggest opening for a live-action comedy in over a year and we reached a wide audience that's both new and nostalgic," Sony marketing chief Josh Greenstein said. "Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones made it fresh."

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Greenstein said he's also optimistic about next weekend. "We have room to run as we are the only live-action comedy in the market," he stated.

Ghostbusters could not topple Universal's hit animated film, The Secret Life of Pets, which stayed perched at the No. 1 position that it's held since opening a week ago.

Here are the top US box office films for the weekend of July 15-17, according to studio-reported estimates posted on Deadline:

  1. The Secret Life Of Pets -- $50.56 million
  2. Ghostbusters -- $46 million
  3. The Legend Of Tarzan -- $11.1 million
  4. Finding Dory -- $11 million
  5. Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates -- $7.5 million
  6. The Purge: Election Day -- $6.08 million
  7. Central Intelligence --$5.3 million
  8. The Infiltrator -- $5.3 million
  9. The BFG -- $3.7 million
  10. Independence Day: Resurgence -- $3.45 million

Head to Deadline for a full breakdown of this weekend's US box office performance.

For more on Ghostbusters, check out GameSpot's review. A new Ghostbusters game from Activision also launched this week, but GameSpot critic Jason D'Aprile called it a "disappointment."

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