Ghostbusters Tracking For Up To $50 Million Debut

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Opening day for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters is soon approaching, and we're starting to get an idea of where it will fall on opening weekend.

The film has started to show up on tracking and is estimated as of now to have a stateside debut of around $40 to $50 million (via THR). That range includes the dates of July 15th to the 17th. Things of note when calculating that number are that the film is still three weeks away from release, and the studio hasn't yet engaged its final marketing blitz. Sony has high hopes for the franchise, and put $154 million into the production budget, so hopes are high that the film will have some legs.

Even if nothing changes between now and then, assuming it hits the higher number, that's still a pretty impressive opening. The film has been hotly debated ever since it was announced. Partly because it was a reboot at all, which people seem to love or hate depending on how the wind blows that day, and partly because of Feig's decision to go with an all female cast.

For some reason, that seemed to enrage certain pockets of the internet, which was bolstered by a first trailer that was underwhelming, to say the least. Recently though the film has seen a bit of an upswing, with glowing reviews from previous stars of the franchise like Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Dan Aykroyd. As for the hate, Sony is taking it in stride, with Sony Studios Chief Tom Rothman goading haters by saying "Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?

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Ghostbusters hits theatres on July 15th.