This weekend brings a long-awaited sequel that should have no problem cleaning up at the box office this weekend. But, just how well can a cult classic actually do in 2017? Here’s our prediction:
35 years after the original Blade Runner changed movies and science fiction forever, Blade Runner 2049 takes us back into the world Ridley Scott first shared with us. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, along with newcomers Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista. This time out, Scott is executive producer, while Denis Villeneuve enters the ring as director. A better choice could not have been made – Villeneuve is a visionary director, as his work in Prisoners and Arrival has demonstrated. The reviews for Blade Runner 2049 have been absolutely glowing, and it currently sits at 92% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. However, the original film was never a box office hit, instead making its reputation over the years following its release. While it may be beloved, will that translate into a large audience? With Gosling and Ford’s star power, and Villeneuve’s reputation, I’d say yes. Look for Blade Runner 2049 to debut in first place with $50 million.
Also new this weekend are My Little Pony: The Movie, which should do well enough with its target demo to debut in second place with $15 million, and The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslett, which will be right behind it in third place with $10 million.
It will land in fourth place with $8 million, while American Made will close thing out in fifth place with $7.5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Blade Runner 2049 – $50 million
2) My Little Pony: The Movie – $15 million
3) The Mountain Between Us – $10 million
4) It – $8 million
5) American Made – $7.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!