'Blade Runner 2049′ Disappoints at the Weekend Box Office

Blade Runner 2049 falls short during opening weekend

Besides, who knows, Blade Runner 2049 might jump into the Academy Awards the same way George Miller's dystopian science fiction movie Mad Max: Fury Road did back in 2015.

The key factors for the underperformance 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. As such, Alcon Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros.

And while the film's final total for its opening weekend is a slight improvement over estimates, $32.8 million compared to $31.2 million, it still isn't much to write home about.

During my conversation with the actor ahead of "Blade Runner 2049's" release I quizzed him about the hysteria that surrounds any possible update to his tenure as the Joker, suggesting that it has to do with the fact that Marvel release 2 to 3 films a year.

The film features a solid cast including Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto and "some of the most intricate and expensive production design and cinematography in recent memory", Collider noted, adding that "every image feels like a painting, and the sound design and score are similarly best enjoyed in a theatrical experience". It's a tough one, because Denis made a attractive movie. "It's a tough one, because Denis made a attractive movie", Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said. 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.

The animated My Little Pony trotted in with a modest US$8.8 million, slightly above forecasts. "Where we did do business was in the major markets". It will close the weekend with $305 million domestically plus $298.8 million internationally to top the $600 million worldwide mark.

It fell short of expectations, which had been in the US$45 million to US$50 million range amid strong advance ticket sales and the revered status of 1982's original Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott.

Made on a budget of $150m, typically studios spend roughly $100 million again on marketing, meaning to be profitable Blade Runner 2049 needs around $250m.

With all these theatrical releases, the action film Kingsman: the golden circle has fallen from first to fifth place with revenue of $ 8.7 million in three days and 80 million dollars in three weeks.

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