The surprise hit "Ghost," which relied heavily on its appeal to women amid a crush of male-oriented action-adventures, has become the No. 1 movie of the year, it was announced Monday.
The Paramount Pictures film, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, surpassed Disney's "Pretty Woman" Friday - its 113th day of release - when it reached $178.3 million in domestic ticket sales. By the end of the weekend, its gross had topped $180.6 million.The film, still being shown in more than 1,500 theaters across the country, has a good chance at surpassing the $200 million barrier, said Barry London, president of the studio. "We are certainly going to keep it out in a lot of theaters for some time to come," London said.
"Ghost" is already the 12th-highest grossing movie of all time in North America, the studio said. The movie is also the studio's fourth-highest grosser, following "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
"Ghost" was released amid the height of the action-adventure summer blockbuster season, competing against Universal's "Back to the Future Part III," Disney's "Dick Tracy," Carolco's "Total Recall," Warner's "Gremlins 2," Orion's "Robocop II," Fox's "Die Hard II" and Paramount's own "Another 48 HRS" and "Days of Thunder."
Paramount executives launched a major push for "Ghost," believing that the marketplace had been saturated with male-oriented films, leaving a big opening for a romance, London said.
In the film, Swayze portrays Moore's murdered lover. As a ghost, he tries to contact Moore's character through a psychic, portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg.
"There are a lot of themes in the movie that have been very strong for people, such as good guys going to heaven and looking after people that are still living," London said.