Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Performing Slightly Under Estimates

ryan-gosling-blade-runner-2049 Blade RunnerBlade Runner 2049 is opening to a less-than-expected total in its first weekend. The belated sequel was projected to hit over $40 million but is currently slated to come in in the $30-35 million range after grossing $12.7 million on Friday.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that overseas, Blade Runner 2049 is projected to take in $48-52 million, which will go a long way in helping to recoup the film’s $150 million budget. People who have seen the Ryan Gosling-Harrison Ford helmed picture have liked what they have seen, giving it an A- grade on CinemaScore.

Coming in second Friday with $3 million is the Hasbro adaptation of My Little Pony. This animated film, as well as the projected third-place finisher at the box office The Mountain Between Us ($3.5 million on Friday), also both received A- CinemaScores, and are also not expected to hit their projected box office numbers.

Meanwhile, IT continues to chug along and is expected to grab fourth-place at the box office as it crosses the $300 million mark at the domestic box office this weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi. Here’s the official synopsis:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for thirty years.

Blade Runner 2049 is now playing in theaters everywhere. Make sure to check out our spoiler-free review of the film before checking it out this weekend.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

6 R-Rated Comic Book Movies Audiences Deserve

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Comic Book Characters Green Arrow Black Widow Batman R-RatedLogan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.

Some characters, like Superman and Spider-Man, should never receive the R-Rated treatment. If a character is defined by a sense of hope or optimism instead of a dark, gritty core that grounds all their actions, then a R-Rated movie likely won’t work.

Hit Next to find out more about six comic book movies that should be R-Rated!

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Bryan Smith

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