Blade Runner 2049 bombs at the box office

Calvin Saunders
October 9, 2017

Deadline showed that forecasts for the Denis Villeneuve blockbuster have been falling since Friday from an expected weekend box office of $45m to $36m, but Forbes revealed that as of Saturday October 7 the film had made just $12.7m including $4m from Thursday previews.

Despite an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which included some critics saying it surpassed its legendary original in every aspect, "Blade Runner 2049" was not the moneymaker its studio, Warner Bros, or the industry had anticipated.

The film, which was co-financed by Alcon Entertainment and Sony with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking over worldwide distribution, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

Blade Runner 2049 has made far less than expected on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office.

In one of the most surprising turnarounds in recent years, "Blade Runner 2049" fell far short of expectations, which had been in the $45 million to $50 million range at the start of the weekend amid stellar reviews, strong advance ticket sales, and the revered status of 1982's original "Blade Runner".

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You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%. Males gave the movie an A CinemaScore, while females gave it a B+.

Jeff Goldstein, of Warner Bros, said Blade Runner 2049 had disappointed in smaller cities and in the South and Midwest, where the running time and baseball playoffs appeared to have deterred moviegoers. Based on the Charles Martin novel, the film stars Elba as a surgeon and Winslet as a journalist who are left stranded together following a plane crash.

With a budget of over $155 million, it was expected that the Harrison Ford/Ryan Gosling sci-fi drama would be as popular among audiences as it has been with critics - its Rotten Tomatoes score is now 89 percent - but weekend forecasts have been falling since Friday.

Rounding out the top five are the My Little Pony movie and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with $8.8 and $8.1 million earned.

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