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Your face is tanking

And now for today’s lesson in institutionalised misogyny.

Today’s news: Ghostbusters ‘tanks’, ‘stumbles’ with 53% drop in its second week.

Presumably that’s a bad performance compared to other action movies in their second week then?

Let’s check…

  • Captain America: Civil War: -59.5%
  • Dark Knight: -52%
  • Amazing Spider Man: -61%

Oh, and for an example of an actual ‘tanking’:

  • Batman vs Superman: -69%

Now, let’s examine all the reporting last week that Ghostbusters was going to struggle because of its first week multiplier against its budget…

Ghostbusters first weekend US figures: $46m
It had a $144m budget, so in its first week it made 32% of that.
Descriptions: ‘Lacklustre’, ‘problematic’, ‘will haunt Sony’

Star Trek Beyond first weekend US figures: $59.6m
It had a $189m budget, so in its first week it made 30% of its budget.
Reporting: ‘Dominates’, ‘wins big’

To be clear: there are articles describing both movies’ openings as ‘solid’. But there’s basically no one calling Beyond worrying or Ghostbusters a big win.

So. ‘Nuff said?


A few people have requested sauce for the data above. Honestly, this post was an off-the-cuff thing this morning done off the first page of Google. I’ve resisted actually providing said data because the % drop and $ profit figures are verifiable basically anywhere you like and the quotes are all over the place. I have not done a thorough corpus analysis of everything written on Ghostbusters and Beyond, nor do I plan to. However, because I’m so damn nice, here are the particular articles I happened to read for the Googley-challenged…

And, to be fair, on looking for my original sources just now, I also found this, so there is at least one article that’s circumspect about Beyond’s success.

I can’t find the article where I got the second week drops info, but I imagine the numbers came straight from here and here.

There were more articles all showing this basic trend, but honestly, no matter how many I list, if you don’t believe me you’re gonna have to go search for yourself anyway, and if you do believe me, well, you already believe me, so why bother?

july is trying to make up for 2016

it’s given us these gems already

  • kanye/taylor/kim battle
  • wonder woman trailer
  • sulu and his husband and their cute daughter
  • chris pine looking fine as hell
  • the FEMALE ghostbusters kicking ass and being amazing
  • secret life of pets
  • comic con pictures
  • henry cavill being cute and fluffy
  • chris pine’s blue eyes literally everywhere god bless
  • kate mckinnon turning everyone gay
  • leslie jones calling out twitter trolls and showing us all how to be strong and also how to defend ourselves
  • pokemon go getting everyone out of the house

these are the times when leaders are tested but i believe in you captain 

Everything I loved about Star Trek Beyond

•The opening scene with Kirk and the aliens 

•"I ripped my shirt again.“ 

•The scene with Bones and Kirk drinking. 

•Kirk and Bones

•Kirk not flirting with anybody/being a womanizer 

•Sulu being gay 

•Sulu’s family 


•Kirk gazing lovingly up at Spock from the captain’s chair 

•The battle against the aliens 

•Bones and Spock getting on the turbolift together super badass 

•Bones and Spock going through the wrecked corridors together 

•Bones and Spock leaving on an escape pod together  

•Bones and Spock 

•Uhura kicking ass 

•Uhura risking her life to separate the saucer section 


•"Montgomery Scotty" 


•Kirk and Chekov sliding down the enterprise hull  

•Bones and Spock 


•”What’s your favorite color?" 

•Bones carrying Spock around 

•Bones being bothered that Spock was planning on leaving  

•Spock laughing 

•Spock insisting that he does "respect” Bones 

•Non sexualized Jaylah 

•Jaylah’s music 

•Scotty and Jaylah’s friendship 

•Uhura and Sulu’s friendship 

•"My innards feel like they’ve been to a barn dance.“ 

•Spock and Bones shared glance when Kirk says to Spock, "What would I do without you?" 

•"You gave your girlfriend radioactive jewelry?!” •"You gave your girlfriend a tracking device?!“ 

•"I’m glad you don’t respect me." 

•The motorcycle holograms 

•Kirk grabbing Jaylah’s hand midairwhilespining ashskdj 

•Scotty and Keenser’s reunion 

•I can fly anything 

•Sulu being badass 

•Spock wanting Bones to come with him 

•Spock and Bones  

•Jaylah’s "Let me do it!” Then Uhura’s “Let her do it!" 


•Sulu and Chekov tapping to the beat 

•Bones flying the alien ship 

•Spock being a "damn backseat driver." 


•Kirk’s birthday party 

•Jaylah being accepted into starfleet 

•Chekov flirting with everybody 

•Spock and Kirk 

•Everybody getting equal and quality screen time

•The main seven all saying "Space, the final frontier…" 

•The Rihanna song 

•The entire soundtrack 

•The space credits 


•Star Trek Beyond 

•The entire movie 

•In memory of Leonard Nimoy 

•For Anton


this is legitimally one of the gayest scenes that I ever had to witness in my entire life. like I’m not even joking. you have to make some intense leaps of logic to find a hetero way to read this scene. how was this aired in 60’s television. i’m amazed

Beautiful, Iconic Lines from Star Trek Beyond
  • “I ripped my shirt again”
  • “If an earth girl says, ‘It’s me, not you’, it’s definitely you”
  • “I am fully conscious, Doctor, I was merely contemplating mortality”
  • “Put your phaser down!! please”
  • “’Do you even know what it looks like!?’ ‘It’s that square thing, right?’ ‘It’s round!!’”
  • “I have a nose for danger” *walks into a trap*
  • “Montgomery Scotty”
  • “’You gave your girlfriend radioactive jewelry, how romantic,’ ‘It’s harmless, but it does emit a strong signal,’ ‘You gave your girlfriend a tracking device!?’ *pause* ‘That was not the intention, but yes’”
  • “Don’t break my music!”
  • *Beastie Boys starts playing*
  • “You know, Scotch was actually inwented by a leetle old lady in Russia”
  • “’Sulu, can you fly this thing?’ ‘Are you kidding?’”
  • “He likes that chair”