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BLADE RUNNER 2049 Skids to Tepid $31.5 Million Weekend at Box Office

BLADE RUNNER 2049 Skids to Tepid $31.5 Million Weekend at Box Office

The highly-anticipated sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, throttled its way into the domestic box office with a tepid $31.5 million opening weekend that was well below most industry expectations.  Although the opening was enough for first place in the weekend, most analysts had expected an opening in the $50 million range, a number that would make Warner come close to breaking even after it spent $150 million in production. But it was not to be, as the neo-noir, dystopian movie starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling received OK reviews from critics but apparently did not garner enough excitements even from the most diehard of the diehard fans. The movie did better overseas, where it opened with approximately $50 million in 63 territories.

Other openers did not do much better. Fox’s ice drama The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, garnered just north of $10.1 million, enough for a second place finish. It, meanwhile, continued its torrid box office pace, nabbing third place with approximately $9.65 million in receipts, for a $305 million domestic cume, and nearly as much internationally after another $19.8 million abroad.

In fourth was the kids cartoon My Little Pony, which we panned, but did get $8.8 million over the weekend. The movie received a CinemaScore of A-, the same score that the other two openers received, but that did not do enough to lift it past that modest opening tally. The Golden Circle, the Kingsmen sequel, rounds out the top five with $8 million, for a total of approximately $80 million in the United States.

Victoria and Abdul expanded into a few hundred theaters and did a respectable $4 million, for a $31 million total including overseas markets. Meanwhile, festival darling The Florida Project did very well in limited release in New York and Los Angeles, garnering $152,000 from just four theaters. The movie will expand later this month as awards season gets into full gear.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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