'Ghostbusters' Earns $3.4 Million on Its First Night in Theaters

This should quiet all those dumb critics.

Coming nearly 30 years after the original franchise, the all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been met with both enthusiasm (because, c'mon, I mean how could you not be excited about Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones—and Chris Hemsworth—all on-screen together??) and criticism from sexist idiots calling it a "money grab" that "ruined their childhood." 😐

But joke's on them. The box office doesn't lie. The film hit theaters on Thursday night, raking in $3.4 million on opening night alone. Sony's studio execs expect the opening weekend earnings to clock in around $38-40 million, but box office experts are predicting a higher total in the range of $45-50 million,Variety reports.

Plus, Ghostbusters is now ranked as online ticketing service Fandango's top pre-selling live-action comedy of the year, outdoing Central Intelligence and Ride Along 2, both of which debuted with over $35 million in box office sales.

According to Variety, "that would make "Ghostbusters" the biggest live-action comedy opening since "Pitch Perfect 2" opened in May, 2015, with a stunning $69 million."

How's that for a cash grab? Bye, haters. 👋

Sarah Lindig

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