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Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is A Bomb Because Of Its Budget

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Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 PHOTO BY STEPHEN VAUGHAN – © 2017 ALCON ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Blade Runner 2049 earned $15. 1 million in its second weekend of domestic release. That s a 55% drop from last weekend for a $60m ten-day total. And like everything else about Blade Runner 2049 it s a relative disaster precisely using its obscene $155m+ budget


No Warner Bros. /Time Warner Inc. didn t put up that money (it s an Alcon Entertainment/Sony production) but to the extent that overseas box office still follows domestic box office (more than you think) this does not bode well for its overseas haul. But when this were either a less expensive film or a huge movie coming off a much-bigger opening weekend a 55% drop or a $60m ten-day total (and $158m worldwide cume) wouldn t be too bad


For each of the point out how audiences rejecting Blade Runner 2049 amounts to a rejection of quality cinema and all that nonsense the film will outgross Blade Runner  Gattaca Arrival  Ex Machina  Dark City and any number of high-brow sci-fi films that were more written about than seen. It truly is entirely about spending way an excessive amount of money on a movie with explicit niche appeal after which being shocked that Film Twitter excitement didn t translate to general audience interest


It s another case of conventional wisdom about what makes money being more powerful than what actually makes money. Still since the world doesn t desire a new Blade Runner cinematic universe one-and-done is nice enough if you happen to loved the movie. Ironically enough Warner Bros. is doing just fine with its other long R-rated nostalgia-driven offering


It earned $6. 05 million (-39%) in its sixth weekend for a $314. 929m domestic cume. So we re gazing a final North American total somewhere between Suicide Squad ($325m) and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($333m). At a look the film should cross $327m (making it adjusted for inflation bigger than World War Z  I Am Legend and War of the Worlds among big-scale scary movies) and might end its run just over/under the $330m domestic total of Batman v Superman


And all things considered it’s not remotely a guarantee that Justice League will have the capacity to topple Pennywise from its arbitrary perch. So yeah this $35m offering is a gigantic hit with $631m worldwide thus far. And to not be outdone  Annabelle: Creation crossed $300m worldwide this weekend. Gallery: The World s Highest-Paid Actors 2017
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View gallery 20th Century Fox s The Mountain Between Us earned just $5


65 million (-46%) in its second weekend. That offers the $35m Idris Elba/Kate Winslet survival drama a $20. 5m ten-day cume. Universal/Comcast Corp. s American Made grossed $5. 423m (-36%) in its third weekend which is a high-quality hold. The $50m Tom Cruise drama now has a $40. 1m 17-day domestic cume and $112m worldwide. That s not blockbuster business however it s still a less expensive non-franchise/non-fantasy star vehicle that ought to be modestly profitable


Fox s Kingsman: The Golden Circle earned $5. 315m (-39%) in its fourth weekend giving Matthew Vaughn s action sequel an $89. 65m 24-day domestic cume. The film goes strong overseas with $287m worldwide on a $104m budget. So yeah especially if Murder on the Orient Express or The Greatest Showman stumble we are able to expect a Kingsman 3


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577m 24-day total. All over again this one isn t doing o. k. which is doubly concerning for Warner Bros. as LEGO movies haven t up to now broken out overseas. Speaking of underperforming animation  My Little Pony sank like a stone on its second weekend earning just $4m (-55%) for a $15. 513m ten-day total


I m sure Lionsgate will earn money from the film but we re not seeing the wonderful birth of a brand new animated franchise. I ll allow them to break it to my kids this time around. I m uninterested in having that conversation (RIP – Captain Underpants  Jem and the Holograms and The Huntsman)


Oh and Victoria and Abdul continues to stay the sole Oscar-y release that anyone gives a damn about. It earned $3. 115 million (-25%) in 900 theaters for a $11. 341m domestic and $40m worldwide. Too bad it s terrible (RIP Battle of the Sexes) but that s for one more day. Maybe The Florida Project ($401k in 33 theaters for a $12 156 per-location average) can buck the current trend


Next weekend is another super busy weekend with Sony s Only the Brave (which had a national sneak preview last night) facing off against Lionsgate s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween Universal s The Snowman (which earned $9m in early overseas debuts) and Warner Bros. Geostorm (which also earned $9m overseas earlier than its domestic debut)


There s something for everyone unless you re a lady (who likes to see women in lead roles) so don t be shocked if Happy Death Day has a good hold next weekend

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