Blade Runner 2049 Disappoints, But Still Hits No. 1 For Opening Weekend

Blade Runner 2049 Disappoints, But Still Hits No. 1 For Opening Weekend

It had a lot going for it despite being the continuation of an art-house movie that pretty much flopped at the box office when it came out.

While most analysts expected "Blade Runner 2049" to make anywhere between $45 million and $50 million in its opening weekend, the movie is actually performing well below that. This is $20 million under initial expectations, reports Reuters. The sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner brought in $31.5 million. Both The Mountain Between Us and Blade Runner 2049 earned A- CinemaScore.

One point of encouragement: The Nov. 10 release date places Blade Runner's opening one day prior to Singles Day, China's nationwide anti-Valentines day, when single young people celebrate their solo status by treating themselves with online shopping and social outings with friends.

Sunday's estimated result throws serious doubt onto what had been high hopes for a box office success story. It reportedly had a budget of at least 150 million USA dollars.

The film grossed only a $12.7m on Friday.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) is handling domestic distribution duties per its deal with Alcon, backed by FedEx's (NYSE:FDX) Fred Smith, Sony is distributing internationally. Despite the cold and clinical approach to telling this story and keeping character's motivations and desires at a distance, as we learn more about Gosling's character, we dive deeper into some very ambitious themes and concepts that have permeated sci-fi filmmaking over the years. For starters, the foreign box office has already boosted worldwide totals by $50 million. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the $35 million film tells the tale of two strangers who are stranded in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash.

20th Century Fox's action spy film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" finished fifth with an estimated 8.1 million USA dollars in its third weekend.

The Lego Ninjago Movie, Victoria & Abdul, Flatliners, and Battle of the Sexes completes the new top 10.

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