8 Decades of The Hollywood Reporter
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For years, there has been talk of making a third Ghostbusters movie. There's a new script from The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, though no green light. But on Oct. 13, the original story of poltergeist-battling paranormal psychologists returns to theaters with a limited rerelease. When the film debuted in June 1984, THR noted that the team of director Ivan Reitman, writer-star Harold Ramis and star Bill Murray had made the hit Meatballs five years earlier. It said Ghostbusters didn't go for "frantic, sledgehammer" laughs the way that film did, adding, "In today's market, alas, this might not be an advantage." Turns out, it was. The pic topped the domestic box office for five consecutive weekends, grossed $238.6 million (about $540 million today) and spawned a sequel, two animated TV series, a No. 1 single -- with the ubiquitous "Who ya gonna call?" -- and a flood of merchandising. "We did well from it," writer-star Dan Aykroyd told THR Sept. 28 while rolling down the California coast on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner. "We had Mike Ovitz making our deals then. It paid for our kids' college educations."