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'Blade Runner 2049': Dim vision of LA's future, box office cheer

'Blade Runner 2049': Dim vision of LA's future, box office cheer

A few factors have been put forward: the R-rating limits its audience (though IT has the same rating); not giving away much in the trailers hasn't helped draw in many of today's crowds; and some people just refuse to watch any cerebral movie that goes on for almost three hours, no matter how good its reviews are.

"Blade Runner 2049" has launched with a solid $50.2 million in 63 markets on 15,900 screens, representing 61% of its global footprint for Sony. K's discovery leads him on quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for thirty years.

Industry estimates going into the weekend had the movie earning around $43 million - $45 million after it started with a solid $12.6 million Friday (including $4 million from Thursday previews).

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Perhaps this is a case of history repeating itself, as the original Blade Runner followed much the same pattern, famously bombing at the box office back in 1982 before becoming a cult classic. IMDb page view comparisons do show the three films pacing neck-and-neck leading up to release with Blade Runner only taking off once the positive early reviews began publishing online, though it would appear those reviews had little effect on the film's overall performance. Males gave the movie an A CinemaScore, while females gave it a B+. While that was still good for the modestly budgeted film, it's not exactly what the studio was looking for against a $35 million expenditure.

Meanwhile, The Mountain Between Us also opened in theatres this week. The kids film fell right around expectations with an $8.8 million haul.

"The film's uniqueness that initially caused the box office results to be tempered may ultimately prove to be a benefit in the coming weeks as audiences are drawn by the great reviews", he said. Also of note is Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul, which expanded to 732 theaters this weekend and brought in $4.1 million for eighth place.


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