Despite acclaim, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ arrives as a box office dud

Nostalgia and acclaim doesn’t equate big ratings – the critically beloved third season of Twin Peaks on Showtime demonstrated that on television. Now, the same has been proven this weekend at the box office. Here’s what went down:

Blade Runner 2

For all of the excitement and critical kudos that came with the arrival of Blade Runner 2049, the sequel many waited 35 years to see simply didn’t deliver in its first weekend at the box office. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film debut in the top spot, but could only deliver $31.5 million. There’s the thought that the nearly three-hour run time did the movie in here in North America, but more significantly, while the 1982 original has had impact and is a certifiable classic, its popularity is closer to a cult audience rather than a mainstream one. Star Wars: The Force Awakens this is not. Blade Runner 2049 cost over $150 million, a number that at this point it has absolutely no chance of making back in North America. Ultimately, while those who have seen have loved it, like the original, this film’s success financially is going to have to be made up after it’s off screens.

As for the rest of the top five, The Mountain Between Us debut in second place with an underwhelming $10.1 million. It was in third place with $9.65 million, as it crossed the $300 million mark. My Little Pony: The Movie debut in fourth place with $8.8 million, while Kingsman: The Golden Circle closed things out in fifth place with $8.1 million.

So, to recap, here were 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

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Blade Runner 2049 – $31.5 million
2) The Mountain Between Us – $10.1 million
3) It – $9.65 million
4) My Little Pony: The Movie – $8.8 million
5) Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $8.1 million

Next weekend sees the release of Happy Death Day. Be sure to check back on Sunday to see our predictions!


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on October 8, 2017, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Here’s hoping it has long legs.

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