Blade Runner 2049, the highly-anticipated and critically beloved sequel to 1982’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner, won a down box office this weekend with only $31.5 million
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the film had been expected to pull in at least $35-45 million on its opening weekend. While the response to the second parter has been great, the fact that it runs 163 minutes, is R-rated, and is a belated sequel, are all typical Hollywood no-go’s that the studios tend to avoid. THR also mentions that Blade Runner 2049 came in behind comparable October releases Gravity and The Martian, which both took in over $50 million their opening weekends.
Still, hope is not lost for Blade Runner. It still grossed $50 million overseas, but meeting its original goal of $400 million worldwide seems like it might be a bit of a stretch at this juncture.
In other box office news, fellow new releases The Mountain Between Us and My Little Pony grossed $10.1 million and $8.8 million, respectively, as they too suffered from a down weekend at the box office.
Once again, the unkillable box office powerhouse IT surprised by taking the third spot, edging My Little Pony with a haul of $9 million. IT has now cleared the $300 million mark domestically and currently sits at a whopping $603.7 million worldwide.
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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
6 R-Rated Comic Book Movies Audiences Deserve
Logan 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!