Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost In The Shell Is The Biggest Flop Of 2017

Scarlett Johansson’s 2014 sci-fi movie Lucy took more in its first weekend

Scarlett Johansson Ghost In The Shell
Scarlett Johansson Ghost in the Shell Image Picture DreamWorks

Scarlett Johansson might be the highest-grossing actress of all time, but her new film Ghost In The Shell flopped at the box office this weekend.

The movie failed to impress during its opening week, taking just $19m in the US; a disappointing return for any blockbuster, especially given the movie had a budget of $110 million.

As The Hollywood Reporter reveals, Ghost In The Shell was roundly beaten to the top spot by animation Baby Boss, which took at impressive $39m.

It’s pretty alarming news for studio bosses; after all, Scarlett Johansson’s 2014 sci-fi movie Lucy – which had a much smaller budget of $40m – took $43.8m in its first weekend.

Thankfully for Johansson, Ghost In The Shell took a further $40 million worldwide, and it has yet to open in China or Japan, which could prove to be its most lucrative markets.

The film, which has been called the most controversial film of the year, is a live-action remake of the influential anime.

Johansson’s casting in the part of Major Motoko Kusanagi provoked outrage in 2016, as film fans accused studio bosses of whitewashing. However, the director of the original anime has since defended Johansson’s casting.

Ghost In The Shell has to go down as one of the biggest flops of the year for far. Matt Damon’s The Great Wall also performed notably poorly in the US, but was saved by huge profits in the Asian markets. Johansson will be happening the same happens for Ghost In The Shell.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.