Foreign Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Bows to $50.2M, Falling Far Short Of Hopes, Stephen King’s ‘It’ Crosses $600M Globally

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Despite strong reviews and an A- CinemaScore, Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sequel Bladerunner 2049 careened off course in its North American debut over the weekend, even while placing No. 1.MV5BMTg1NTU5NTgwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTQ1NzMzMzI@__V1_SX1500_CR001500999_AL_-1200x799The long-awaited follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic grossed $31.5 million from 4,058 theaters, a dismal start for a movie that cost $150 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Heading into the weekend, all signs pointed to Blade Runner 2049 taking in $45 million or more. One issue: The sci-fi epic runs 163 minutes. To boot, it skewed heavily male (71 percent) and older, with 86 percent of the audience over the age of 25, including 63 percent over 35.We’re disappointed it didn’t have a stronger result in North America. It’s a tough one, because Denis made a beautiful movie,” says Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “We definitely played to a more narrow audience than we had hoped for. Where we did do business was in the major markets.” 

Goldstein is hopeful that Blade Runner 2049 will have strong staying power, and he predicted that the film will garner major awards attention.

 

The weekend’s other two entries didn’t exactly wow, either.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Warner Bros.
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