"Blade Runner 2049" Disappoints, Still Comfortably Leads US Friday Box Office

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. The film had a $6.15 million opening weekend and eventually went on to make $32.87 million total.

Turns out, rave reviews and five stars from critics across the board are just not enough to guarantee you a big opening weekend at the box office - as Blade Runner 2049 has just discovered.

Instead, the film grossed only a moderate $12.7 million on Friday, including $4 million from Thursday night previews.

Not to say the movie will suddenly have a second life at the box office.

The original Blade Runner didn't make a huge box office splash when it hit theaters in 1982.

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Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%. Financed by Alcon and Sony and laden with special effects, the film carries a $150 million price tag. Those who did see the movie at least had positive thoughts, giving it an A- CinemaScore. "It is a privilege to once again work on a Denis Villeneuve movie and showcase Quebec's talent on this major project", said Sébastien Moreau.

Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein said "Blade Runner 2049" had fallen short of expectations in mid-sized and smaller markets along with the South and Midwest, where the running time and Major League Baseball playoffs appeared to have held down attendance. "The audience for it was narrower than we anticipated".

This weekend's other new release, the Kate Winslet and Idris Elba survival thriller The Mountain Between Us, also disappointed, bringing in just $10.1 million in its opening weekend.

This year's fall juggernaut - "It" - added $9.7 million in domestic sales this weekend and was on track to hit almost $305 million domestically in four weeks of showings.

The Chinese comedy Never Say Die took $66m globally to top the worldwide box office, pushing Kingsman: The Golden Circle into second place.

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