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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Outpacing ‘Mad Max,’ ‘The Martian’ in Advance Ticket Sales

Online ticketing service Fandango is seeing impressive advance ticket sales for “Blade Runner 2049,” a week ahead of its Oct. 6 opening.

Fandango reported Friday that the sequel is “significantly” outselling “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” and “Gravity” at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle. The film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, was voted one of fall’s top three most anticipated films (along with “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Justice League”) in a recent Fandango survey of more than 1,000 moviegoers.

“Fandango is seeing strong advance ticket sales for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ as the film continues to attract great buzz,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Rotten Tomatoes reported Friday that initial reviews of the film — set three decades after the events in the 1982 original — had generated a 97% “fresh” score. Initial tracking on “Blade Runner 2049,” unveiled on Sept. 14, had projected that it would earn at least $40 million during its opening weekend.

Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) directed the film, which also stars 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. Warner Bros. is releasing the film in North America, while Sony is handling international. Alcon Entertainment and Sony co-financed the pic.

The 1982 film, which starred Ford as Rick Deckard, was not a box office success, but the movie grew in stature in subsequent years. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Fox’s “The Martian” was a major box office success with $630 million in worldwide revenues in 2015. Warner Bros. saw $378 million in worldwide box office that year for “Mad Maxy: Fury Road.”

 

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