The live-action version of Japanese anime cult hit Ghost in the Shell tanked at the box office this weekend. If you bet the opposite, you don't deserve to handle money. Paramount executives are committing seppuku in the form of unprotected sex with one another. Ghost in the Shell managed to underperform even grim predictions. Box Office Mojo forecasted $32.5M. It raked $19M on a $110M budget. People would rather see Emma Watson eye fuck a beast for two hours.
In Ghost, Johansson plays a human brain stacked on a machine body crime fighter. So, Robocop stolen by the Japanese who drew him much sexier. She oozes sex appeal as always. Men in the audience went home and jacked off to the idea of a Johansson sex robot. They could have done this in the theater. There was no one there.
Johansson's casting as a Japanese amine character brought up charges of "whitewashing" from people who love puns as much as they hate that their parents made them white. The casting controversy probably affected Ghost’s box office. It’ll do well in Japan. Until they find out she's Jewish.
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