Weak reviews and controversy over the all-female remake have combined to make “Ghostbusters” a box office flop, with The Hollywood Reporter reporting the much-ballyhooed reboot is heading for a whopping $70-million loss.

“As of Aug. 7, Ghostbusters had earned just under $180 million at the global box office, including $117 million domestic,” notes THR. “The film still hasn’t opened in a few markets, including France, Japan and Mexico, but box-office experts say it will have trouble getting to $225 million despite a hefty net production budget of $144 million plus a big marketing spend. The studio has said break-even would be $300 million.”

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As for Sony’s plans for an expected sequel, they appear to be on hold as the prospect of another “Ghostbusters” now seems highly unlikely, even though the cast is locked in for two more sequels that probably won’t happen.

Ghostbusters is on ice until further notice,” box-office analyst Jeff Bock tells THR. “I just can’t fathom the creative talents behind it — [director Paul] Feig, [Melissa] McCarthy, [Kristen] Wiig, etc. — slogging out another one when the reception to the first one was so mediocre.”