‘Blade Runner 2049’ Eyes $40 Million Debut in Early Box Office Tracking

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Blade Runner 2049” is tracking to earn at least $40 million during its opening weekend when it hits theaters on Oct. 6, according to early estimates.

The science fiction epic is the sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” which has achieved cult classic status since its release. The new movie specifically targets older men, especially those susceptible to nostalgia. Tracking indicates “Blade Runner’s” opening will be in the same range as the upcoming “Kingsman” sequel.

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Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) directed the film which stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. The rest of the cast includes Jared Leto as the villain and Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, and Robin Wright in supporting roles. The sequel is set 30 years after the events of the original. Warner Bros. is releasing the film in North America, while Sony is handling international. Alcon Entertainment and Sony co-financed the film.

Teasers and trailers for the movie have gradually rolled out since December 2016. The sequel also had a major presence at 2017’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The original “Blade Runner” debuted in the summer of 1982, and made $6 million in its opening weekend (second behind the third weekend of “E.T.”). It went on to gross $32.9 million during its entire theatrical run.

“Blade Runner 2049” is opening against two other movies in wide release. The first is Fox’s “The Mountain Between Us,” a disaster drama starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba set in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah. The other, “My Little Pony,” and animated flick from Lionsgate based on the Hasbro toy.

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  1. Zarvos says:

    $40 million is a conservative estimate at best. The original has amassed quite a following over the years and I think the anticipation is quite high, much like ‘Prometheus’, which opened just a bit north of $50 million. I think it would’ve opened higher if it wasn’t for the quick word of mouth about how lackluster it was. If the reviews are good and the audience likes it, ‘Blade Runner’ should open somewhere between $60-80 million.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Who are we trying to kid here. Blade Runner 2 looks great and will be better than the original most likely. I am predicting 50 to 55 million at least.

  3. MovieBabble says:

    I struggle to see where Blade Runner 2049 will make its money back. I enjoy Blade Runner as much as the next person, but are people clammering to see this movie? The marketing for the film looks pretty fantastic, but I wonder if people really care or not.

    • jedi77 says:

      I am of the exact same opinion.
      And I don’t even think the marketing is all that great.
      I find the aesthetics of 2049 too different from the original to link them together in my mind.
      And it’s a sequel no one asked for.

      So I am wondering the same thing, who actually, really cares?

      • MovieBabble says:

        Plus it’s the most expensive R-rated movie ever made. They might be taking a loss…

      • It’s actually a sequel a LOT of people asked for. As for profitability, that”s mostly going to rest on how much the thing cost. If the budget is sensible it’ll do fine. If not, then the film will to be both very good AND get those who have been talking about sequels, reading sequels, etc. out and with friends.

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  6. No similar competition but it’s well-over 3 hours.

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