Despite getting extraordinary reviews from critics, the ground-breaking sequel of ‘Blade Runner’ titled ‘Blade Runner 2049’ directed by Denis Villeneuve had a disappointing start at the US box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 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.
The 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. It opened No. 1 in 45 out of 63 markets, led by the U.K. with $8 million.
Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, said, “We’re disappointed it didn’t have a stronger result in North America. It’s a tough one, because Denis made a beautiful movie. We definitely played to a more narrow audience than we had hoped for. Where we did do business was in the major markets.”
Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment’s romance-disaster drama ‘The Mountain Between Us’, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, scaled to only $10.1 million from 3,068 theaters and placed itself on 2nd position. 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.
Blade Runner 2049 has scored 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, a site that collects reviews and gives an aggregate score. While 212 out of 239 reviews of the film are positive, only 27 reviews are negative. Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright and Jared Leto among others.