'Blade Runner 2049' Makes Slight Gain With $32.8 Million Opening Weekend

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And while the film's final total for its opening weekend is a slight improvement over estimates, $32.8 million compared to $31.2 million, it still isn't much to write home about.

"The core of enthusiastic and loyal Blade Runner fans were over 25 and predominantly male, and propelled the film as expected to the top spot", he said, "but a lengthy running time and lesser interest among females made it tougher for the film to reach the original weekend box office projections". All that changed, of course, after money-hungry Hollywood producers started to realize that even the worst sequels to successful movies could still make them boatloads of money.

"I'm disappointed", said Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., which released the independently produced movie in the United States and Canada.

There's more than a little truth to it, though, and we can only hope that it is a wrong that's righted in the near future. "Where we did do business was in the major markets".

"#The Mountain Between Us" came in second place in its opening weekend, taking in $10.55 million from 3,088 theaters. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a certified fresh score of 88 percent from 253 critic reviews.

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Based on the Charles Martin novel, the film - which has had mixed reviews - stars Elba as a surgeon and Winslet as a journalist who are left stranded together following a plane crash. He earned $ 10.6 million on the weekend. The film's $150 million price tag also means it needs to meet a worldwide earnings goal of $400 million.

With all these theatrical releases, the action film Kingsman: the golden circle has fallen from first to fifth place with revenue of $ 8.7 million in three days and 80 million dollars in three weeks.

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.

"Flatliners" ($4 million) and "Battle of the Sexes" ($2.6 million) rounded out the top 10.