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Blade Runner Comes Out of Retirement to Lackluster Results

&#x 201D; a resurrection of the 1982 literary cult classic starring Harrison Ford, & #x 201C; Blade Runner 2049, opened as the film in North American theatres this weekend with underwhelming results.

The film, distributed by Warner Bros. and endorsed by Sony Pictures and Alcon Entertainment, opened with earnings of $31.5 million, writer ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email.  This was less than BoxOffice.com’s $54 million quote.

While “Blade Runner 2049” opened to positive reviews and an extensive marketing effort, the picture joins the many remakes and sequels which have fallen short with a cynical movie-going populace in the U.S. Overseas sales will now finally dictate whether the $150 million generation lucrative.

“#x 201D, & the projections for the film; said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore and It was certainly a disappointing outcome given of the buildup.  “It’s a richly charged sci-fi film, and that restricted its allure. ”

Approximately seven of every 10 people who went into the film in the U.S. were man, Warner Bros. said in a statement Sunday. The crowd also skewed elderly.

#x 2019 & the film;s running time — just two hours and 43 minutes hurt, Dergarabedian said.

Missed Expectations

“Blade Runner 2049” missed Warner Bros.’s more conservative expectations, which were for a $45 million opening weekend. Analysts at BoxOffice.com estimated the film may take in $135 million throughout its national run.

The significant budget and marketing campaign mean “Blade Runner 2049” will need to bring in more than $400 million globally to break even and $675 million to be regarded as a true achievement, according to Jeff Bock, senior analyst in box-office researcher Exhibitor Relations.

Overseas, “Blade Runner 2049” made $50.2 million in its first weekend, together with the U.K. leading the way at $8 million, Sony said. Russia took in $4.9 million, while Australia and France generated $3.6 million each. The film doesn’t debut in China until Nov. 10.

Those near the film expect that in coming weeks the film will draw in fans in the home and overseas. Critics think it has a chance of winning Oscars, which would keep the movie in theatres for a longer period.
 
“We are optimistic that ‘Blade Runner 2049’ will come across a wider audience over following months and weeks,” said Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros..

Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, Ford and Jared Leto starred in the sequel to the 1982 film. Gosling stars as a youthful blade runner, a policeman who kills androids known as replicants. He discovers a secret which leads him to find former runner Rick Deckard.

RottenTomatoes.com, which aggregates critics’ comments to one rating, gave the film an 88 percent favorable score.

The film unit of Sony Corp. has been the biggest contributor to the production budget, at $90 million, and stood to lose or gain the most from its own box-office reception. The studio’s domestic ticket sales were up 1.9 percent this year by Oct. 1. A film’s backers split box-office proceeds.

“The Mountain Between Us,” a survival story from Fox featuring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, made its debut in second place with earnings of $10.1 million, while Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.. ’s “My Little Pony: The Film” produced $8.8 million and came in fourth.

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