Surprise. Sanctum of Slime releasing Challenge Pack tomorrow for Xbox & PC.

That’s right – flying in under the radar of next week’s impending E3 tradeshow, Atari has announced that tomorrow, June 1st, they’re releasing a Challenge Pack for Sanctum of Slime, which adds two new gameplay modes – Lone Hero and Arcade Action. The one let’s you play by yourself, without any back-up. And the other… it’s unclear what arcade action means.

All in all, if you liked the game, you’ll probably like the little variety the pack gives you. And if you didn’t, this is unlikely to lure you in.

Ghostbusters: By the numbers

This may not be interesting to some of you, but for those of us that make an amateur career out of all things Ghostbusters, stuff like this – a week by week breakdown of how Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 performed at the box office – is a wealth of information.

For example;
– Ghostbusters opened June 8th, 1984 and was number 1 for a total of 8 weeks, 7 of them consecutively.
– Ghostbusters ran in theatres for 30 weeks, officially closing at the end of December.
– Ghostbusters re-opened for two weeks at the end of August, 1985. It broke the top ten both weeks.
– Halloween did in fact give the movie a small bump.

Ghostbusters

Date Rank Gross % Change Theaters Per Theater Total Gross Days
6/8/1984 1 $13,612,564 1,339 $10,166 $13,612,564 3
6/15/1984 1 $15,287,030 +12.30% 1,479 $10,336 $38,302,276 10
6/22/1984 1 $13,353,583 -12.65% 1,506 $8,867 $61,639,056 17
6/29/1984 1 $11,200,546 -16.12% 1,464 $7,651 $80,459,158 24
7/6/1984 1 $11,255,224 +0.49% 1,469 $7,662 $99,770,335 31
7/13/1984 1 $10,021,932 -10.96% 1,470 $6,818 $115,684,640 38
7/20/1984 1 $8,734,278 -12.85% 1,468 $5,950 $130,017,036 45
7/27/1984 2 $7,687,282 -11.99% 1,460 $5,265 $142,693,955 52
8/3/1984 1 $6,529,305 -15.06% 1,439 $4,537 $152,974,574 59
8/10/1984 2 $5,929,651 -9.18% 1,423 $4,167 $162,725,586 66
8/17/1984 3 $5,581,794 -5.87% 1,400 $3,987 $171,667,224 73
8/24/1984 2 $4,875,044 -12.66% 1,391 $3,505 $179,403,683 80
8/31/1984 2 $6,824,562 +39.99% 1,368 $4,989 $188,550,041 87
9/7/1984 2 $3,862,069 -43.41% 1,435 $2,691 $192,977,675 94
9/14/1984 2 $3,268,876 -15.36% 1,437 $2,275 $196,967,948 101
9/21/1984 3 $2,872,052 -12.14% 1,389 $2,068 $200,931,851 108
9/28/1984 5 $2,402,131 -16.36% 1,263 $1,902 $204,108,761 115
10/5/1984 5 $2,282,767 -4.97% 1,183 $1,930 $206,935,954 122
10/12/1984 5 $1,746,135 -23.51% 1,107 $1,577 $208,994,111 129
10/19/1984 8 $1,513,820 -13.30% 890 $1,701 $211,073,728 136
10/26/1984 13 $1,026,018 -32.22% 753 $1,363 $212,543,273 143
11/2/1984 11 $1,189,173 +15.90% 780 $1,525 $214,109,334 150
11/9/1984 13 $1,075,979 -9.52% 375 $2,869 $215,596,868 157
11/16/1984 14 $736,591 -31.54% 566 $1,301 $216,643,458 164
11/23/1984 13 $884,918 +20.14% 609 $1,453 $217,831,940 171
11/30/1984 12 $686,433 -22.43% 510 $1,346 $218,872,755 178
12/7/1984 14 $336,049 -51.04% 431 $780 $219,339,232 185
12/14/1984 17 $223,221 -33.57% 329 $678 $219,638,740 192
12/21/1984 19 $285,952 +28.10% 229 $1,249 $220,095,070 199
12/28/1984 16 $636,153 +122.47% 217 $2,932 $220,855,498 206
8/30/1985 9 $1,942,457 888 $2,187 $4,997,948 451
9/6/1985 10 $1,145,353 -41.04% 864 $1,326 $6,329,963 458

Ernie Hudson at Phoenix ComicCon – AZGBs in full force. [UPDATED]

The Phoenix Comic Con was this weekend and ABC TV gave it some special interest attention – of most note is they got to speak to Ernie Hudson a bit, who professed his appreciation for all the Ghostbusters fans out there. In doing that, the cameras also got a great look at the Arizona GBs and the spectacle they brought to the event.

You can read the write-up at ABC15’s website, but the video is better.

The Phoenix ComiCon was unbelievable this year. The attendance was record setting and they ended up having to limit the number of people in the hall and extended the hours because of it. Our booth was considered one of the most popular thanks to Puft looming over the hall. Anywhere you were you could see him. A lot of people used it at their meeting point.

William Atherton was only supposed to be there Friday and Saturday but he decided to stay all of Sunday too. William is a true gentleman and professional. Ernie was only in attendance on Sunday due to filming a movie here in Arizona. He stopped by our booth to see us and William. It caused a media circus and was an amazing moment to see the two actors together again.

We raised just $875 from raffles with $100 of that coming from the arcade machine. At $.25 a play that means it was played 400 times over the weekend.

All of our panels went great and Ernie’s was filled to capacity. We handed out 600 AZGB buttons and held the Slime Scavenger Hunt and Ghost Trapping Game for kids. We had tons of kids come in costume and a mom and her daughter came in Stay Puft costumes. The Zombie walk was also a huge success. Elvira also stopped by which caused another media circus. We set up our sound system speakers behind Vigo so after every few songs we had a Vigo quote play. It scared quite a few people, especially when they were in front of him for a photo.

Our pics on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56352803@N00/sets/72157626718528723/with/5774966331/

First 5 minutes of Ernie Hudson and William Atherton panel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0xoZo-LUFY

AZcentral newspaper photo gallery of Zombie Walk: http://www.azcentral.com/photo/19046

Thanks,

Jeff

www.arizonaghostbusters.com

Spectral Smashers t-shirt at Tee Fury! One day only! Ten bucks!

Jerry, who has dropped a couple of great Ghostbusters inspired t-shirts already (like his Star Wars/GB mash-up, It’s a Trap!), is back with a new tee – this time, paying a little nod to the Ghostbusters from the turn of last century… The Spectral Smashers!

As with all Tee Fury shirts, you have one day to buy it. On the plus side, they cost a mere ten bucks! So go get one!

Big ups to Adrianna from the Ontario GBs for the heads up!