Overseas, "Blade Runner 2049" made $50.2 million in its first weekend, with the United Kingdom leading the way at $8 million, Sony said.
While "Blade Runner 2049" is always something to look at, an overly elaborate script and some other bad habits common to today's sequel machinery - such as glaring product placement - have broken the "Blade Runner" spell.
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"Blade Runner 2049" may repeat as a weekend victor against two new films opening in wide release this weekend - STXfilms' Jackie Chan action-drama "The Foreigner" and Universal-Blumhouse's horror entry "Happy Death Day".
"It was definitely a disappointing result given all the buildup and the huge projections for the film", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. "The real trick now is to expand the audience past older men". The fact of its 163-minute runtime also likely played a large role, restricting its number of plays per day and an audience willingness to sit through almost 3 hours of film.
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It's very likely that Blade Runner 2049 could follow in the same footsteps and go on to the Academy Awards receiving the same technical accolades. Russian Federation took in $4.9 million, while Australia and France generated $3.6 million each.
But with takings of $32.8 million in North American theaters, the sci-fi reboot - featuring original star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling - didn´t enjoy the sensational opening its rave reviews suggested it might.
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Those close to the film expect that in coming weeks the movie will draw in fans at home and overseas. A Warner Bros. executive said he remained optimistic about the future performance of "Blade Runner 2049", pointing to the overall A- CinemaScore and strong word of mouth. A film's backers split box-office proceeds with theaters.