‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ busts a $45.2 million weekend

The latest ‘Ghostbusters’ movie scares up an opening weekend very similar to the past two installments in the franchise.

‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ busts a $45.2 million weekend
Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. / Sony Pictures

Hello! Welcome to The Box Office Report for the weekend of March 22-24, 2024.

1. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Weekend gross: $45.2M
Total domestic gross: $45.2M
Last weekend: New release
Percent drop: NA

It’s 2024, and bustin’ still makes people feel good. And going by domestic opening weekends, it makes roughly the same number of people feel good, with Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’s $45.2 million debut being almost identical to the $44 million that Ghostbusters: Afterlife opened to in 2021 and the $46 million that Ghostbusters: Answer the Call opened to in 2016.

Yes, the Ghostbusters movie with female leads — the one that broke the minds of fanboys across the Internet — still holds the record of the biggest opening weekend for the franchise.

Frozen Empire (and the 2010s/2020s batch of Ghostbusters movies) still has a lot of work to do if it wants to catch the lofty records set by the original Ghostbusters film back in 1984. (That film’s $242.6 million domestic and $295.6 million hauls have yet to be broken by any of the sequels or reboot.)

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2. Dune: Part Two

Weekend gross: $17.6M
Total domestic gross: $233.4M
Last weekend: 2nd
Percent drop: 38

After spending the past two weekends behind Kung Fu Panda 4, Dune: Part Two held onto the No. 2 spot this weekend as Kung Fu Panda 4 slipped to No. 3.

The second Dune film has easily topped the domestic gross of its predecessor, more than doubling the $110 million that the first Dune movie brought in in 2021.

On the worldwide front, Dune: Part Two stands at $574.4 million, making it all but certain this masterpiece crosses the $600 million mark.