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Weekend Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’s Replicates Original Film’s Financial Struggles

Blade Runner 2049 Ryan Gosling
Warner Bros.

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:

Film Weekend Per Screen
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
3 It $9,655,000 (-42%) $2,678 $304,933,478
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
9 Flatliners $3,800,000 $1,489 $12,329,602
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.

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