Weekend Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049′ Collapses With $31.5M Opening, Excellent ‘Mountain’ Bombs


The 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.


Blade Runner 2049 is a huge bet for Alcon Entertainment, which owns the film and co-financed it with Sony. Warner Bros. is handling domestic distribution duties per its deal with Alcon — backed by FedEx mogul Fred Smith — while Sony has international.


The event film rolled out in most major markets over the weekend, grossing a strong, but not spectacular, $50.2 million for a global bow of $81.5 million. Unless it overperforms in China, Japan and South Korea, where it has yet to open, Blade Runner 2049 isn’t likely to meet its goal of earning at least $400 million worldwide. It opened No. 1 in 45 out of 63 markets, led by the U.K. with $8 million, 15 percent of Mad Max: Fury Road.


Mountain Between Us launched to $3.6 million from 11 markets internationally for a global tally of $13.7 million.


Lionsgate and Hasbro’s animated pic My Little Pony opened to a muted $8.8 million from 2,528 locations. Based on Hasbro’s television series and magical pony toy line, the film is voiced by Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Pena, Uzo Aduba, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs and Sia. Overseas, My Little Pony took in $3.8 million from 49 markets for a global bow of $12.6 million.

Mountain Between Us and My Little Pony likewise garnered A- CinemaScores.



Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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