'Blade Runner 2049' Opens With $6.8 Million in Early International Box Office


Yes sadly the highly acclaimed film has been something of a flop during its first weekend of sales, pulling in just $12.7m at the USA box office so far.

Sunday's estimated result throws serious doubt onto what had been high hopes for a box office success story.

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Despite strong advance ticket sales and glowing reviews from many critics, the movie made $12.7m on Thursday night and Friday, $11.4m on Saturday and a projected $7.4m on Sunday from just over 4,000 cinemas.

The original Blade Runner didn't make a huge box office splash when it hit theaters in 1982.

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According to PostTrack, males over 25 represented 50% of the audience and females over 25 were 27%, while males under 25 represented 15% of moviegoers and females under 25 were 8%. It seems a lot more people understand its importance in the genre compared to those who have actually seen the movie, which could be another reason why the sequel isn't doing as well as expected - many reviews point out that it helps to have watched the original.

Sony and Alcon Entertainment financed the sequel, which carries a $150 million price tag. Since then, the Quebec visual effects studio has closely followed Denis Villeneuve's career and had the opportunity to work on three different films that he directed, namely Enemy (2013), Arrival (2016) and now Blade Runner 2049 (2017). It's set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2049, with Gosling starring as an LAPD officer tracking down illegal replicants. "Alcon and Denis [Villeneuve, the director] made an incredible movie". Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, the thriller had its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Based on the Hasbro (NASDAQ:) toys and TV series, the movie's voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Sia.

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New release "My Little Pony" earned $3.0 million for third place, while "It" took fourth with $2.7 million. It will close the weekend with $305 million domestically plus $298.8 million internationally to top the $600 million worldwide mark.