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'Ghostbusters' scares up a win at Friday's box office, but 'Pets' likely to top the weekend

'Ghostbusters' scares up a win at Friday's box office, but 'Pets' likely to top the weekend

For movie fans in search of a new action comedy on Friday, who did they call? “Ghostbusters.”

The Paul Feig-directed Sony/Columbia comedy reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy scared up $17.2 million on Friday, on its way to an estimated $46.5 million U.S. box office in its opening weekend.

It’s the second-highest live-action, non-superhero film opening of 2016 so far (behind only “The Jungle Book”).That bests Sony’s lowball estimates of $38 million to $40 million while matching outside analysts’ take of $45 million to $50 million.

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