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Default ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Debuts Number 1 at Box Office With $31.5 Million

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Despite critical praise and optimistic tracking, Warner Bros./Alcon/Columbia's "Blade Runner 2049" has crashed hard at the box office, grossing just $31.5 million in its opening weekend from 4,058 screens against a reported budget of $150 million.

It's a tough fall for the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi noir. Before the weekend, the most conservative tracking estimates had this film matching the $45 million opening earned in 2015 by "Mad Max: Fury Road." Instead, "2049" is falling short even of the "$36.1 million made earlier this year by Scott's "Alien: Covenant," which tanked in subsequent weeks after all the hardcore "Alien" fans saw the film on opening night.

Now signs are already pointing to "2049" suffering a similar fate. After making $12.7 million on Friday, including $4 million from Thursday previews, revenue fell 11 percent on Saturday to $11.4 million. "Blade Runner 2049" is proving to be a very front-loaded film, as the original's cult fanbase packed early screenings while mainstream audiences have been slow to buy tickets.

This in part explains the discrepancy between the film's A- grade on CinemaScore and the lack of word-of-mouth we've seen among mainstream audiences. The CinemaScore demographic breakdown was 71 percent male and 86 percent over the age of 25, with 63 percent over the age of 35. For a generation of hardcore film buffs -- mostly male -- who remember seeing the original "Blade Runner" in theaters, "2049" was an event release. But for other demos, this film doesn't seem to have struck a chord, even with Ryan Gosling in his first wide release since "La La Land."... More ... (RogerEbert.com)

RELATED: Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ ... (Variety)
"...at 2 hours and 44 minutes, 'Blade Runner 2049' ... earns every second of that running time, delivering a visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things — from tantalizing to tedious — but never 'artificially intelligent'.”
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Default Re: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Debuts Number 1 at Box Office With $31.5 Million

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"...at 2 hours and 44 minutes, 'Blade Runner 2049' ... earns every second of that running time, delivering a visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things — from tantalizing to tedious — but never 'artificially intelligent'.”

I DID get out to see the movie. I wasn't expecting this movie to be the science-fiction film noir masterpiece the original was, and it wasn't, but still, it was well worth the price of a weekday matinee ticket.
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SYNOPSIS: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. ~ IMDb

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Because I refused to read any critics reviews beforehand, I would have to watch it again just to understand what was goin' on most of the time (I watched the original cut of 'Blade Runner' probably 20 times)... The visual imagery and special effects were in-fact spell binding, the saving grace of the movie. Noticeably absent was the profoundly mesmerizing Vangelis music score of the original, BIG disappointment, but the ending of this science-fiction film noir was very powerful emotionally... Yes, I'd recommend this movie to a fellow 'Blade Runner' fan, but with caution not to anticipate the sequel being comparable to an original which will never have an equal... 3-1/2 stars

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