‘Blade Runner 2049’ Debuts with $32M Opening Weekend
Blade Runner returns to the box-office
The highly anticipated sequel to “Blade Runner” is finally out, and the sci-fi drama is taking on “The Mountain Between Us” and “My Little Pony” in theaters across the country.
Heavy storms in the south and a busy box-office seemed to have clipped Blade Runner’s expected $40M+ debut, but the sci-fi sequel did take the top spot with an estimated $32M across 4,058 locations. “Blade Runner 2049” was directed by Denis Villeneuve, working from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The film stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas.
The original “Blade Runner” released back in 1982 and made $6.1M over the film’s opening weekend. The first installment opened at number-two at the box-office at the time, with number-one going to “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”. “Blade Runner” made around $33M domestically during the film’s entire theatrical run, so it’s safe to say the sequel is easily outpacing the first installment.
FOX’s “The Mountain Between Us” took a distant second-place this weekend, bringing in $10M across 3,088 locations. “The Mountain Between Us” was directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the film stars Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, and Beau Bridges.
“IT,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, remained in the top-three for another weekend after grossing $9.6M. The film remained in 3,605 locations and has now grossed almost $305M domestically in just five-weeks. “It” was directed by Andy Muschietti, working from a screenplay written by Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga. The film is based on the original story written by Stephen King, and stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, and Finn Wolfhard.
Lionsgate’s “My Little Pony” debuted at number-four, only bringing in $8.8M across 2,528 locations. “My Little Pony” was directed by Jayson Thiessen, and the story was written by Meghan McCarthy and Joe Ballarini. The drama stars Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Liev Schreiber.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” took fifth-place overall with $8.1M across 3,488 locations. That raises the film’s three-week total to just under $80M domestically. “Kingsman 2” was directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.
You can skip the box-office this weekend and enjoy new movies at home. The new releases this week are “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” ($19 on Amazon) and the drama “A Ghost Story” ($18 on Amazon). In a few days you can watch “Baby Driver” ($14 on Amazon) and “The Beguiled” ($14 on Amazon).
Next weekend these films will have to compete with “The Foreigner,” and the horror-thriller “Happy Death Day”. The following weekend is ridiculously overbooked, with “Geostorm,” “Only The Brave,” “Same Kind of Different as Me,” “The Snowman,” and “A Madea Halloween 2” opening nationwide in theaters. The new drama “Wonderstruck” will also release that weekend, but only in limited-theaters, so check your local listings.