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:
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.
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