Just ahead of its arrival on physical home media, Ghostbusters: Afterlife has equaled the domestic box office result of Paul Feig’s much-maligned Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, and is only around $30 million short of the worldwide takings of the 2016 movie despite being released in the current Covid pandemic conditions that have seen many movies struggling to break even in their theatrical runs. With the movie now available in Digital HD, and coming to Blu-ray and DVD both as an individual title and as part of a new Ghostbusters Box Set filled with never before seen extras from the original 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel, there is no doubt about the success of the franchise return for Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as the original Ghostbuster line up.
While in ordinary circumstances, a worldwide box office of just under $200 million would be nothing to shout about, that kind of box office result is enough to secure a place as one of the biggest movies of 2021, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife managed to not only do it against all odds, but also did it on roughly half the budget of Feig’s female-led outing, meaning that it not only reinvigorated the franchise with a group of new characters but also scratched a 30-year itch to see the original gang busting ghosts once more on screen.
Full of Easter Eggs, shared story points and even using some of the original effects from 1984’s Ghostbusters, fans were more than happy with the legacy sequel, even if some critics were quick to call out the fan service of it all. In the end, the fans spoke, and it looks like in a time when people were just looking for something familiar, something old and new at the same time, and something they could just lose themselves to nostalgia with, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was the perfect movie arriving at the perfect time.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sets Up A Sequel, But Will We Ever Get It?
The post-credits scene of Ghostbusters: Afterlife does all it can to set up a sequel, with Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore purchasing the old fire house and returning there with Ecto-1 in tow, stating that he will always be a Ghostbuster, which down in the basement the containment unit flashes ominously. The question is, given the age of the original stars and the time it would take to write and set up a new movie, how likely is it that we will see the return of Hudson and co again?
Director Jason Reitman has made it clear he would love to continue the franchise, having taken over directing duties from his father, Ivan Reitman, who was responsible for the first two movies and acted as producer on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Ernie Hudson has expressed his interest in returning again in a mentor role for a new generation of Ghostbusters. Hopefully, they both get what they want, as Ghostbusters: Afterlife has proven that even after three decades, there are still a lot of people out there who just want to see more from the world of Ghostbusters.