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Blade Runner 2049 disappoints at U.S. box office

Blade Runner 2049 disappoints at U.S. box office

The film will still hope to accumulate a fair taking from across all global markets, so perhaps it's too soon to call this a flop, but it does show there was perhaps a little too much faith shown in the sequel to a film a lot of people might have fibbed about ever having seen.

What's worth bearing in mind is that the original Blade Runner actually didn't do well at all at the box office, making a paltry $28 million in the US.

According to PostTrack, males over 25 represented 50 per cent of the audience and females over 25 were 27 per cent, while males under 25 represented 15 per cent of moviegoers and females under 25 were 8 per cent. Males gave the movie an A CinemaScore, while females gave it a B+.

A worldwide total of $82 million means the film isn't a complete bomb, but Warner Bros would have been hoping to pass $100 million over the opening weekend.

With a built-in fanfare for the film and the inclusion of major stars like Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and returning megastar Harrison Ford, most believed it to be a shoe-in for a huge take on the charts. It's also the long-awaited sequel to one of the most acclaimed and beloved sci-fi films ever made.

Also new this week is animated film My Little Pony with an $8 million debut.

Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, said, "We're disappointed it didn't have a stronger result in North America". 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. "Where we did do business was in the major markets". Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a replicant blade runner named K, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant.

Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment's romantic-adventure drama "The Mountain Between Us", starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, scaled to only Dollars 10.1 million from 3,068 theaters and placed itself on 2nd position. Based on the Hasbro toys and TV series, the movie's voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Sia. Focus Features' expansion of Judi Dench's "Victoria & Abdul" came in 8th with $4.2 million at 732 locations.


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