'Blade Runner 2049' Tops Weekend Box Office with Strong Debut!


The film, which was co-financed by Alcon Entertainment and Sony with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking over global distribution, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

On the one hand, "Blade Runner 2049" convincingly ranked as Friday's #1 film in the United States. Entering the weekend the Warner Bros. release, in association with Alcon Entertainment and Sony, was expected to deliver anywhere from $45-55 million domestically and $4 million from Thursday previews signaled a solid start, but things quickly cooled for the $150 million production.

Same goes for Gosling, with his most successful box office opening weekend being - rather surprisingly - 2011's Crazy Stupid Love, which brought in $19m.

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The #12.7 million opening day paces "Blade Runner" for an opening weekend in the $32-38 million range.

Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%. Denis Villeneuve helms the sequel film, which is set in a bleak 2049 Los Angeles with Gosling starring as an LAPD officer dealing with replicants seeking freedom. "It is a privilege to once again work on a Denis Villeneuve movie and showcase Quebec's talent on this major project", said S├ębastien Moreau. "The audience for it was narrower than we anticipated". The film holds an 89% score on the review site Rotten Tomatoes and an "A-" CinemaScore from those who saw the film. Based on the Hasbro toys and TV series, the movie's voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Sia. WB's other movie in theaters, "It", is a sensation as it's now taking in over $600 million worldwide (made for only $35 million).

Rounding out the top five are the My Little Pony movie and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with $8.8 and $8.1 million earned. Focus Features' expansion of Judi Dench's "Victoria & Abdul" came in eighth with $4.1 million at 732 locations.