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Box Office Report – BLADE RUNNER 2049 Stumbles Into the Box Office Abyss

It has been an interesting year for Ridley Scott revival movies. Earlier this summer, the director took control of the franchise that he created with Alien: Covenant, which was released to mixed reviews and box-office results. Scott moved into a producing capacity for the next big project, with the hiring of Denis Villeneuve (SicarioArrival) to helm the much anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049. 

The follow-up to the 1982 science-fiction classic has garnered a largely positive critical response, however that apparently wasn’t enough t attract ticket-buying moviegoers. Blade Runner 2049 had a surprisingly anemic opening weekend, with an estimated $32.7 million dollar take. The sequel had an announced production budget of $150 million dollars, however most have pegged the production costs at closer to $170 million before marketing costs (which can at times mirror the production costs.) It’s hard to see this as anything but a disappointment for Warner Bros., who are sure to lose millions on the sci-fi flick.

Coming in second place was The Mountain Between Us. The Kate Winslet and Idris Elba led survival movie had an $10.1 million dollar opening, bouyed by a wide release on over 3,000 theater screens. This is a standard release for the Fall season, however it’s hard to see how the movie hangs in the top five in the coming weeks.

Third place belongs to It. One of the biggest hits of 2017 refuses to lose it’s grip on the box-office, as the movie fell to third place in its fifth week of release. The horror film already has a sequel in the works, that’s lined up for a 2019 release. So in the meantime, keep an eye on the previously unknown cast as they leverage the film’s success into future roles.

The My Little Pony movie flew into theaters without much fanfare or buzz. The animated movie had an estimated $8.8 million dollar debut, while the production budget has yet to be announced. However, there certainly is a huge fanbase for the Ponies, so it’s possible that streaming and home video could help recoup some of the costs. 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle rounded out the top five with an estimated $8.1 million dollar weekend. Matthew Vaughn’s spy sequel will cross the $80 million mark in total domestic gross by tomorrow, however the action movie is far from being considered a blockbuster success. With the pending release of the Jackie Chan movie The Foreigner next week, we can expect to see Eggsy drop out of the top five spots.

Check out the complete Box-Office Report for October 6th-8th, 2017:

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change  Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Blade Runner 2049 WB $32,750,000 4,058 $8,070 $32,750,000 $150 1
2 N The Mountain Between Us Fox $10,100,000 3,088 $3,271 $10,100,000 $35 1
3 2 It WB (NL) $9,965,000 -41.0% 3,605 -312 $2,764 $305,243,478 $35 5
4 N My Little Pony: The Movie LGF $8,800,000 2,528 $3,481 $8,800,000 1
5 1 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fox $8,100,000 -52.2% 3,488 -550 $2,322 $79,964,425 $104 3
6 3 American Made Uni. $8,073,000 -51.9% 3,031 +7 $2,663 $30,444,960 $50 2
7 4 The LEGO Ninjago Movie WB $7,000,000 -39.9% 3,611 -436 $1,939 $44,073,663 3
8 11 Victoria and Abdul Focus $4,142,000 +279.2% 732 +655 $5,658 $5,958,394 3
9 5 Flatliners (2017) Sony $3,800,000 -42.2% 2,552 $1,489 $12,329,602 $19 2
10 6 Battle of the Sexes FoxS $2,400,000 -29.8% 1,822 +609 $1,317 $7,677,575 3

 

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Source: Box Office Mojo

Braxter Timberlake

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