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SJW ‘Ghostbusters’ Flops to No. 8

Posted on | July 30, 2016 | 24 Comments


The feminist remake of Ghostbusters has predictably failed at the box office. After opening at No. 2 its first weekend ($46 million gross in the U.S., behind The Secret Life of Pets), last weekend the ‘busters went bust, tumbling all the way to No. 5 ($21 million). This was a one-week decline of 54% in ticket sales, and three new films, including Star Trek Beyond, joined The Secret Life of Pets ahead of Ghostbusters. In its third week, however, Ghostbusters slid further, falling to No. 8 Friday, according to a Box Office Mojo estimate. To understand just how bad of an overhyped flop this is, compare Ghostbusters to Hotel Transylvania 2.

What? You’ve never heard of Hotel Transylvania 2? This G-rated animated comedy sequel opened last September with $48 million in gross domestic receipts its first weekend, which made it No. 1 at the box office. For the next two weeks it was in second place, and Hotel Transylvania 2 remained in the top five all the way to early November. In its first five weeks, the film grossed more than $150 million.

The production budget for Hotel Transylvania 2 was $80 million, whereas the SJW version of Ghostbusters was budgeted at $144 million. Given the steep falloff of box-office receipts, Ghostbusters “will barely make back its budget (probably),” writes Aric Mitchell at And the movie’s dismal commercial performance is even more obviously a failure when you consider what Sony must have spent on the enormous publicity blitz that had this feminist propaganda “comedy” featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, as well as on the cover of a first-ever “Women in Comedy” issue of the fashion magazine Elle.


What was the point of this feminist flop? Simple: The Ghostbusters remake was Sony’s election-year contribution-in-kind to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, part of the continuing effort by the media/entertainment/education establishment to promote the Feminist™ Brand in the lead-up to this year’s election. Going back to the 2012 campaign, when the “War on Women” meme helped Obama win re-election with the largest “gender gap” ever recorded by the Gallup poll, Democrat Party strategists began orchestrating a general push to make feminism a trendy issue. In 2014, Beyoncé Knowles performed in front of a huge lighted “Feminist” sign at the MTV Video Music Awards, and Harry Potter starlet Emma Watson launched her “He for She” campaign as the United Nations’ “ambassador” for feminism. Is anyone so naïve as to think this was mere coincidence, unrelated to the widely anticipated 2016 Hillary campaign? And then — lo and behold! — weeks before the 2016 Democrat National Convention, the international conglomerate Sony rolls out a feminist version of a 30-year-old comedy, accompanied by a massive P.R. campaign. Just another coincidence, you see?

Ghostbusters director Paul Feig doesn’t have a problem with the pro-Hillary Clinton tweet sent out by his film’s official Twitter account this week, and would not have deleted it if the decision were up to him.
On Wednesday, the official Twitter account for the female-led Ghostbusters remake sent out what appeared to be an endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The tweet made reference to smashing a “glass ceiling” and featured the popular pro-Clinton hashtag, “#ImWithHer.”
After media reports drew attention to the tweet, Sony officials removed it and released a statement saying that the tweet was “never intended to be a political endorsement.”
“It was a shout-out to our own glass ceiling-busters,” a Sony spokeswoman said in astatement to theWrap.
But in a follow-up statement to the outlet, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig said he was surprised that Sony would take the tweet down. . . .
“We are pro-woman and all about smashing the glass ceiling and we support the message of this deleted tweet. And I personally am very much pro-Hillary.”
Ghostbusters has become one of the most divisive films of the summer, as its creative team have repeatedly called critics of the film misogynist and sexist. In June, Feig said that criticism of the film was primarily fueled by “misogynistic,” “right-wing radio monsters.”

Feig and everyone else involved in this project is a Democrat, and the underlying theme of the Ghostbusters remake is pure partisan politics: Vote for Hillary, or you are a hateful anti-woman right-wing misogynist.

Whatever else it is, this is a lousy formula for a movie.





  • Adobe_Walls

    Stephen Green wrote a good piece at Vodka Pundit about how unlikely the success of the first movie was. Basicly several unplanned actions had to fall into place to make that very successful movie. The fact that it was made when CGI was mostly too expensive for most movie budgets meant they had to work for it’s success, something many movies today don’t do.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Go see Hillary’s America

  • CrustyB

    $144 million budget for this turkey, and $60 mil was just for Leslie Jones’ feed bags.

  • CrustyB

    Saw it last week. Excellent flick.

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  • DeadMessenger

    The whole idea of this movie makes me want to vomit, and never stop vomiting. If I owned substantial amounts of Sony stock, I’d be totally pissed.

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  • Lorettaasmith4

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  • ShadrachSmith

    Feminists aren’t funny. Who knew?

  • Toastrider

    Much like memes and viral videos, movies that catch ‘lightning in a bottle’ are never planned. Robert Zemeckis once said a director really only gets to do one of these ‘breakthrough’ movies in his career (for Zemeckis, it was Back to the Future).

    It looks more and more like McCain’s theory — that this was some kind of stealth attempt to help push the Haggard Queen’s election — might not be far off. There was clearly no understanding of how the original or even how the second worked so well (I have fond memories of GB2, despite it being a weaker film than the first, mostly because of the absolutely badass scene where the team animates the Statue of Liberty and uses her to bust through Viggo’s slime-shield).

    Frankly, anyone who’s a Ghostbusters fan would be better off picking up the video game from 2009. The controls are a bit clunky but the plot draws from the first two films and even has the original cast reprising their roles. Much better than the ‘Fauxbusters’.

  • Rodrigo

    You could write a substantial book on the left media “in kind” contributions to the Hillary campaign over the last couple of years. Starting with the TV show about a female SecState bookended with the “you go gurrl!” Zootopia and Ghostbusters. There have been dozens of them. Shocking though that the supporters of McCain Feingold aren’t up in arms at these immoral examples of “too much money” in politics.

  • Hammer

    The first inkling of this trend I ever got was An American President, an overt propaganda piece designed to instill in foolish moviegoers an insipid and treacly fondness for the idea that (1) a President could have a romantic affair while in office, and (2) only someone as nasty as Richard Dreyfuss playing a right-wing Congressman aka Newt Gingrich could oppose such an affair. The movie was released in 1995 and the Lewinsky affair was 95-97. See also

  • richard mcenroe

    First thing a guy learns when he puts on a few pounds: the belt either goes above the gut granpa style or below the gut good ole boy style. Putting it in the middle just imitates a half finished balloon animal.

  • Mike

    Who knew that Melissa McCarthy wouldn’t be as funny as Dan Aykroyd? (Maybe me when I couldn’t even remember Melissa McCarthy’s name?)

  • Mike

    What a coincidence that every time Hollywood wants to portray a nasty, evil politician, they make him a Republican and then get the nastiest Left wing actor they can find to portray him!

  • Joe Joe

    The only success of this movie was banning Milo.

  • Squid Hunt ?Patriarch

    Apparently, no one wants to see bitter, ugly lesbians stretched out on the big screen. Who knew? You know what would help market this movie a little better? Maybe a little more mocking of men. That will make us all want to go see your crappy movie.

  • Squid Hunt ?Patriarch

    The plan seems to be to instigate a fight so they can justify their arguments about a war on _______. Too bad their movie and their candidate empirically suck.

  • Kurt

    To see it, it has to be shown in my area…
    …which is Massachusetts, as in the People’s Republic of…

  • ShadrachSmith

    Behind every failed investment is an excellent salesman.

  • JT

    Just to pile on, a couple of more reasons I will never watch this movie.

    1) It’s a really bad movie. Not funny. Not inspired. Doesn’t understand the original

    2) It’s an aesthetically ugly movie. Ugly women in frumpy ugly colored suits with harsh unpleasant neon blasting everywhere.

    I heard amateurs on the Internet come up with way more interesting ideas of how to tie this group with the original cast.

  • Krolll

    I found some interesting info about the making of Ghostbusters (2016), mainly about Sony’s Amy Pascal. For example: according to emails hacked in 2014, Amy Pascal wanted to make an all-women super hero movie called ‘Glass Ceiling’. Proves you’re correct about the planning behind this. Star Wars Awakening was terribly feminist too. It’s like all recent block buster type films contain explicit feminist propaganda.

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