Why Blade Runner 2049 Flopped So Hard

Ruben Ruiz
October 11, 2017

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies over the weekend were "American Made" ($8.4 million); "The Lego Ninjago Movie" ($7 million); "Victoria and Abdul" ($4.2 million); "Flatliners" ($4 million); and "Battle of the Sexes" ($2.6 million).

"The core of enthusiastic and loyal "Blade Runner" fans were over 25 and predominantly male and propelled the film as expected to the top spot, but a lengthy running time and lesser interest among females made it tougher for the film to reach the original weekend box office projections", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

With "Blade Runner: 2049" now in multiplexes across the country, we chose to put together a list of some of the greatest sequels in Hollywood history, and consider what made them great. "It's a tough one, because Denis made a handsome movie", Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said. Regardless of how lovely it is and how admirably well made, it missed the magic that turns something from artistically of merit to financially successful. "We definitely played to a more narrow audience than we had hoped for".

"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he said. Reviews have been mixed, earning the film a 46 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The adventure/romance movie starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as two strangers whose survive their charter plane crash landing has an estimated production budget of $35 million.

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"#The Mountain Between Us" came in second place in its opening weekend, taking in $10.55 million from 3,088 theaters. The feature film to the hit children's TV show stars the voice work of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Uzo Aduba. Sony is handling foreign distribution and saw the opening weekend top $50 million.

The Chinese comedy Never Say Die took $66m globally to top the worldwide box office, pushing Kingsman: The Golden Circle into second place.

This comes from 4,058 screens against a reported budget of $150 million.

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