‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart in Debut

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife launched at No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart, which tracks packaged-media and digital retail sales, for the week ended Jan. 19.

Afterlife knocked Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage off the pole position, with the Tom Hardy sequel dropping down to the No. 3 spot behind MGM’s No Time to Die (distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) at No. 2.

In the latest “Ghostbusters” release, the group has long since disbanded, but when a single mother (Carrie Coon) and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace) move into her late father’s farm, and with the help of teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), they discover the secret legacy one Ghostbuster left behind.

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At No. 4, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Eternals, which follows a group of ancient aliens who have been secretly living on Earth and are forced out of the shadows following an unexpected tragedy.

Disney’s Encanto — the soundtrack to which is currently set to claim an Official No. 1 single this week in the U.K. — takes another week in the top 5 at No. 5, finishing ahead of yet another new chart entry, Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business at No. 6.

Universal’s spooky sequel The Addams Family 2 climbed nine spots to No. 7, a new peak for the animated title, while Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie held on at No. 8.

The 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale (Daniel Craig’s first as Agent 007) re-entered the chart at No. 9 following the release of a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook edition, and finally, Warner’s The Suicide Squad rounded off the chart at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 19, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
2 2 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL
3 1 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES
4 NEW ETERNALS DISNEY/MARVEL
5 3 ENCANTO DISNEY
6 NEW THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS
7 16 THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 UNIVERSAL/MGM
8 8 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT
9 RE-RELEASE CASINO ROYALE MGM
10 6 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2022

JustWatch: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Streamed Movie, TV Show

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” were the top movie and TV show streamed in the United States for the week ended Jan. 9, according to new data from JustWatch. The content recommendation website tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Afterlife, which tracked more than $191 million at the global box office, including $125 million in North America, was made available on digital retail platforms Jan. 4.

Among episodic programming, Montana-based drama “Yellowstone” again led all shows. Indeed, the series, which is in its fourth season, bested Showtime OTT’s “Yellowjackets,” followed by Disney+ original series “The Book of Boba Fett.

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Weekend Box Office: Is There a ‘Ghostbusters’ Afterlife?

The 2016 theatrical release of Ghostbusters featured an all-female cast, mixed reviews and underwhelming box office.

For the pandemic delayed Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone back to the franchise’s roots with director Jason Reitman looking to emulate the family-friendly appeal of his father, Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original Ghostbusters, starring Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.

While Afterlife reviews have also been mixed, including a 66% Rotten Tomatoes social media score, the movie headlines Paul Rudd, who was just named People magazine’s “Sexist Man Alive,” and a young supporting cast entering the pre-Thanksgiving week when family holiday get-togethers often include a trip to the cineplex.

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When combined with the nostalgia surrounding the franchise, Afterlife should push Disney/Marvel Studios’ Eternals from atop the weekend box office results. Sony, which has only recently returned select tentpole releases (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) to the COVID-era box office, is projecting upwards of $28 million in opening weekend sales.

The conservative estimate falls below the original’s $30 million opener, as well the last film’s $46 million debut, but underscores the ongoing reduced expectations and realities in the current exhibition marketplace.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard, the biopic about Richard Williams, the tenacious father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, has a strong social media score (92%), popular lead star (Will Smith) and strong crossover appeal beyond sports fans.

The movie is also concurrently streaming for no extra charge to subscribers of HBO Max as part of WarnerMedia’s soon-ending 2021 distribution strategy that some observers contend has undermined the box office of recent Warner releases The Many Saints of NewarkCry Macho and Reminiscent, among others. The movie is projected to open from $5 million to $10 million in ticket sales this weekend, which would put it behind projections for Eternals ($11 million) and Paramount Pictures’ Clifford the Big Red Dog ($9 million) — the latter also streaming for subscribers on Paramount+.