The star’s previous sci-fi thriller, Lucy, had a better opening weekend.
Scarlet Johansson may be one of Hollywood’s best-known actors, but even her star power failed to bring high numbers of Americans to watch her latest movie, Ghost in the Shell.
Trailing in the box office:
The live-action adaptation will gross $20.3 million over the first weekend, according to Deadline, falling way behind the animated film “Boss Baby”, which earned an estimated $51.6 million three-day gross. “Ghost in the Shell” – which has a $110 million budget – had a $7.6 million Friday while the animated film topped with $15.6 million.
While $20 million is not a bad box office amount, compared to similar movies, it could be considered as such. Last weekend, the newly rebooted Power Rangers managed to take over $40 million. And for a better comparison, Johansson’s “Lucy” which was also a science fiction action movie, managed to take $43.8 million on its first weekend but with a $40 million budget, a fraction of “Ghost in the Shell”
Bad reviews and controversy:
Ghost in the Shell’s reviews are among the reasons movie goers shunned it. Despite British journalists giving it good reviews, including four stars from The Observer and Telegraph, American journalists have been much harsher, bringing the Rotten Tomatoes score down to 42%. While Boss Baby has a 49% rating, which is standard for family orientated films.
Many people have issues with Johansson being cast as The Major, claiming it to be “whitewashing” and discussing it at length before the movie’s release. However, despite being an important issue, these controversies often have little impact on viewers, as proven by Iron Fist reportedly being one of Netflix’s most binged shows.
It will be seen whether the movie’s international grossing will be better than its domestic ones, as the movie is currently starting to play worldwide.