Weekend Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’s Replicates Original Film’s Financial Struggles
So here’s the good news: Blade Runner 2049 made more in its opening weekend than Blade Runner made in its entire theatrical run. Here’s the bad news: It still only made $31.5 million, well below the $50 million its studio hoped it would clear over the weekend.
Here’s the full box office chart:
|1||Blade Runner 2049||$31,525,000||$7,769||$31,525,000|
|2||The Mountain Between Us||$10,100,000||$3,271||$10,100,000|
|4||My Little Pony: The Movie||$8,800,000||$3,481||$8,800,000|
|5||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||$8,100,000 (-52%)||$2,322||$79,964,425|
|6||American Made||$8,073,000 (-52%)||$2,663||$30,444,960|
|7||The LEGO Ninjago Movie||$6,750,000 (-42%)||$1,869||$43,823,663|
|8||Victoria and Abdul||$4,142,000 (+279%)||$5,658||$5,958,394|
|10||Battle of the Sexes||$2,400,000 (-30%)||$1,317||$7,677,575|
Blade Runner did have a solid per-screen average, and it got an A- CinemaScore from audiences, good signs that the film could have decent legs in theaters, and at least come close to recouping its estimated $150 million budget. Still, the film has the makings of a large-scale cult film. In other words: A faithful Blade Runner sequel.
In second place for the weekend was The Mountain Between Us, a survival thriller starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. It also got an A- from CinemaScore audiences, and grossed an estimated $10.1 million over the weekend. In third place was It, which dropped just 42 percent and earned another $9.6 million for the weekend. It’s now over $300 million in total domestic grosses, an incredible number for a dark horror film. The folks who made The Dark Tower must be scratching their heads right now.
Fourth place went to My Little Pony: The Movie and its $8.8 million. Bronies were plased enough with the film to give it an A- CinemaScore. And in fifth place was Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s spy pastiche, which took in an estimated $8.1 million. Its domestic total to date is just below $80 million.
In limited release, the big winner of the weekend was The Florida Project, Sean Baker’s moving portrait of the impoverished denizens of a seedy Orlando motel. On just four nationwide screens, The Florida Project earned an impressive $153,342, good for a per-screen average of well over $38,000. Hopefully the film continues to perform well as it expands around the country; that’s something that every movie lover should see.