'Blade Runner 2049' Opens With $6.8 Million in Early International Box Office

'Blade Runner 2049' Opens With $6.8 Million in Early International Box Office

A few factors have been put forward: the R-rating limits its audience (though IT has the same rating); not giving away much in the trailers hasn't helped draw in many of today's crowds; and some people just refuse to watch any cerebral movie that goes on for almost three hours, no matter how good its reviews are.

The key factors for the under-performance were the movie's 163-minute running time - which limits the number of showings each day - plus far less traction among younger moviegoers than anticipated. The film had a $6.15 million opening weekend and eventually went on to make $32.87 million total.

Despite strong advance ticket sales and glowing reviews from many critics, the movie made $12.7m on Thursday night and Friday, $11.4m on Saturday and a projected $7.4m on Sunday from just over 4,000 cinemas.

Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%. Those who did see the movie at least had positive thoughts, giving it an A- CinemaScore.

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Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright, opened in theatres across North America and global locations on Thursday, October 5th.

Sony and Alcon Entertainment financed the sequel, which carries a $150 million price tag.

"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he added. Denis Villeneuve helms the sequel film, which is set in a bleak 2049 Los Angeles with Gosling starring as an LAPD officer dealing with replicants seeking freedom.

Warner Bros.'s release of Blade Runner 2049 isn't getting October off to the kind of start September saw one month ago. "Alcon and Denis [Villeneuve, the director] made an incredible movie". At the same time, Fox's The Mountain Between Us didn't exactly light the world on fire in its attempt at counter-programming, though it did top Mojo's pre-weekend forecast, while Lionsgate's release of My Little Pony squeaked over Mojo's meager expectations. Also of note is Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul, which expanded to 732 theaters this weekend and brought in $4.1 million for eighth place.