'Blade Runner 2049' tops the box office

'Blade Runner 2049' tops the box office

'Blade Runner 2049' tops the box office

Regardless of how attractive it is and how admirably well made, it missed the magic that turns something from artistically of merit to financially successful.

The long-anticipated sequel to 1982s "Blade Runner", which is considered a sci-fi classic, also had star power behind it in Ryan Gosling, #Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Robin Wright.

During my conversation with the actor ahead of "Blade Runner 2049's" release I quizzed him about the hysteria that surrounds any possible update to his tenure as the Joker, suggesting that it has to do with the fact that Marvel release 2 to 3 films a year.

Warning: There are SPOILERS ahead for Blade Runner 2049.

Between Thursday's previews and Friday's screenings, the film made $12.7 and by Saturday revenue had dropped 11 percent to $11.4 million. "The real trick now is to expand the audience past older men".

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Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein, said, "We're disappointed it didn't have a stronger result in North America".

"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he said. "We definitely played to a more narrow audience than we had hoped for".

Survival drama The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, was the weekend's runner-up, coming in slightly below projections with a moderate US$10.1 million. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the United States dollars 35 million film tells the tale of two strangers who are stranded in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash. Based on the Hasbro toys and TV series, the movie's voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Sia.

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

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.

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