Earlier today, we reported that Sony Pictures' long-awaited Ghostbusters reboot fared well at the box office, taking in $46 million in its opening weekend, although it still fell a bit short of repeat winner The Secret Life of Pets. Many weren't sure how fans would react to this project, since there had been a number of fans of the original 1984 classic who have vocally spoken out against this new project that centers on four female Ghostbusters. While it remains to be seen how much Ghostbusters will earn during its theatrical run, it seems that Sony Pictures is already putting plans together for a sequel.
This Ghostbusters reboot was produced with a $144 million budget, and its additional $19.1 million from international markets puts its worldwide total at $65.1 million for its opening weekend. While those numbers won't break any records, the movie has been praised by critics, with a 73% Fresh rating on Rotten tomatoes. While we'll have to wait and see if Ghostbusters will turn a profit, Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, told The Wrap that he's positive a sequel will happen.
"The Ghostbusters world is alive and well. I expect Ghostbusters to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen."
It isn't known if the four main stars, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones signed multi-picture deals to return for sequels, or if they will be joined by director Paul Feig. The supporting cast is rounded out by Andy Garcia as the mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as Hawkins, Matt Walsh as Rourke, Pat Kiernan as a news anchor and Neil Casey as the human villain Rowan. The reboot script was co-written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold (The Heat), but we don't know if both writers will come back to work on the script.
Original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson all returned for cameo appearances, who all may come back to reprise their roles if a sequel is ordered. There have also been reports that Sony is developing a Ghostbusters animated movie and other projects within the franchise. We'll be sure to keep you posted with updates on all of these projects as soon as more information comes in.