Monday Morning Box Office Report: Blade Runner 2049 Headed Back to Retirement


Rave reviews couldn’t save Blade Runner 2049 from a fate similar to the original as it fell way below expectations at the box office, earning just $31.5 million over the weekend. The long run time and cult status of the original film were no doubt a factor, although it did earn $50 million overseas which could be its saving grace. Considering that it was budgeted at $150 million, the possibility of another sequel seems unlikely. In second place, The Mountain Between Us earned $10.1 million, followed by It with another $9.7 million. The Stephen King adaptation has now made an incredible $600 million worldwide. My Little Pony: The Movie also had a somewhat lacklustre opening with $8.8 million while Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made were once again neck in neck, both falling to fifth place. Meanwhile Victoria and Abdul jumped up into the top 10 after expanding to over 700 screens.

1. Blade Runner 2049 — $31.5M
2. The Mountain Between Us — $10.1M
3. It — $9.7M
4. My Little Pony: The Movie — $8.8M
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $8.1M
6. American Made — $8.1M
7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie — $6.8M
8. Victoria and Abdul — $4.1M
9. Flatliners — $3.8M
10. Battle of the Sexes — $2.4M

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  • Todd S. Gallows

    Looking forward to your thoughts. But I thought it did a good job as a sequel. But I’m fine with there being a chance of no more. Each sequel is a chance to fuck things up, this one was lucky enough (in my opinion) to successfully pull it off.

  • kyri

    The overall grossing is bad.. maybe that whole weinstein story alienated a good chunk of the population

  • Jameson

    I actually found it refreshing that it wasn’t working as a franchise starter. It was pretty contained and I thought it was all the better for it.

  • pcch7

    Not surprised, I never expected Blade Runner to be a financial success. Just not the type of movie that pulls in the general movie goer, sadly

  • Mark D.

    I doubt a good chunk of the population has even heard of the Weinstein issue and half of those that did likely don’t care. And considering that it’s not even the same studio or even related makes your comment a bit bizarre.

  • frankw35

    I loved the movie but considering the original was nearly a cult movie at the time it came out, it’s not surprising that it isn’t doing well. All the people who saw the original in the theater are around my age (nearly dead) and there are diminishing returns once you start relying on home video, dvd, and cable to keep a movie like BR popular with later viewers. The big spending movie-going demographic (teens, millenials) has almost no relationship to the original–none of them were even born then. And a nearly three hour run time means fewer showings and fewer ticket sales. That said, I’m glad they made it and despite a few flaws, I think it’s a brilliant sequel.

  • kyri

    I am not even American and I know who Weinstein is