While the reviews for Blade Runner 2049 have been good, the same can't be said for its box office.
Instead, the movie's earnings fell short due to a lengthy 163-minute running time, less traction among younger moviegoers than anticipated, and shortfalls in the Midwest, South and smaller markets. As such, Alcon Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros.
With a built-in fanfare for the film and the inclusion of major stars like Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and returning megastar Harrison Ford, most believed it to be a shoe-in for a huge take on the charts.
The remake of the Stephen King killer clown thriller It has now taken $305m in the United States, and nearly as much internationally, to top the $600m mark globally, making it the most successful horror film.
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.
Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, said, "We're disappointed it didn't have a stronger result in North America". "Alcon and Denis made an awesome movie".
"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he added. "We definitely played to a more narrow audience than we had hoped for".
It will close the weekend with a domestic tally of US$305 million so far, plus US$298.8 million internationally, to top the US$600 million worldwide mark.
The animated My Little Pony trotted in with a modest US$8.8 million, slightly above forecasts.
Made on a budget of $150m, typically studios spend roughly $100 million again on marketing, meaning to be profitable Blade Runner 2049 needs around $250m. "Blade Runner" has an 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes while "The Foreigner" has 80%.
The Chinese comedy Never Say Die took $66m globally to top the global box office, pushing Kingsman: The Golden Circle into second place.
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