Sony Pictures’ new film “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is a spinoff of “Ghostbusters”, grossing $184 million at the global box office, with a PG-13 rating and a 7.2 IMDb score.
The female version of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” in 2016 actually had a box office of $46 million, which was higher than this time’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, but the film’s shooting cost was as high as $144 million, even if it finally got $2.29 The $100 million global box office
Coupled with the high cost of publicity, made it difficult to get rid of the fate of losing money in the end, and it also made Sony Pictures’ plan to restart the big IP “Ghostbusters” had to be shelved for several years.
In contrast, the shooting cost of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” this time was only $75 million. Of course, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was warmly welcomed by American audiences, and the nostalgic factor should have played a big role.
1984’s “Ghostbusters” was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, who, along with Bill Murray, played ghostbusters in a series of hilarious ghostbusters in metropolitan New York. play.
Combining comedy, action, horror and other elements into one, the film became a phenomenal work that swept the United States in the mid-1980s. It is also one of the most popular comedy films in the United States. Various derivative products are still selling well.
However, in the female version of “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” in 2016, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd made cameo appearances, but their presence was minimal.
So much so that in an interview in 2017, Dan Aykroyd broke the news that the film’s director Paul Feig did not listen to the rationalization suggestions put forward by their original creators, which directly led to the film’s box office failure.
And this time “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” was taken over by Jason Reitman, son of “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman. This is not a simple son to inherit his father’s business. He directed “Juno”, “Up in the Air” and other works that have been well received.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” is also a more direct continuation of the classic version of 1984 in terms of story setting, so it is welcomed by American audiences, young and old, as Jason Reitman said in an interview with the media: “This is like your grandmother’s biography. The recipe that came down: You will know when you taste it, yes, this is the taste.”
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”‘s scores on Rotten Tomatoes from professional film critics and audiences are seriously deviated. However, it may be the relationship between big IP plus direct line inheritance and Jason Reitman’s golden brand name.
Compared with ordinary audiences, film critics are more interested in “Ghostbusters : Afterlife’ expectations are obviously much higher, so that the scores of professional film critics on the film review website Rotten Tomatoes are seriously deviated from those of ordinary audiences, with 63% barely passing and 94% very satisfied.