Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Opens Light With $31.5-M

Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Opens Light With $31.5-M

Box Office: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Opens Light With $31.5-M

$SNE, $TWX, $FOX, $LGF, $HAS, $FDX

Strong reviews plus an A-CinemaScore, had director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 sequel placing #1 on a soft movie-going weekend

The follow-up to Ridley Scott’s Y 1982 cult classic grossed $31.5-M from 4,058 theaters, a soft start for a movie that cost $150-M to make.

The sci-fi epic runs 163 mins, skewed heavily male at 71% and older, with 86% of the audience over 25, including 63% over 35.

Blade Runner 2049 is a huge bet for Alcon Entertainment, which owns the film and co-financed it with Sony (NYSE:SNE).

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) is handling domestic distribution duties per its deal with Alcon, backed by FedEx’s (NYSE:FDX) Fred Smith, Sony is distributing internationally.

Director Villeneuve’s sequel, made with Mr. Scott’s input, stars Ryan Gosling opposite Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard.

 Go behind the scenes with Ridley Scott.

The weekend’s other 2 entries also came in soft at the North American box office.

Fox 2000 (NASDAQ:FOX) and Chernin Entertainment’s romantic-adventure drama The Mountain Between Us, took just $10.1-M from 3,068 theaters. Director Hany Abu-Assad’s film tells the story of 2 strangers who are stranded in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash, the pic, which came # 2.

Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Hasbro’s (NYSE:HAS) animated My Little Pony opened to a muted $8.8-M from 2,528 locations.

Mountain Between Us and My Little Pony both received  A-CinemaScores.

Warner Bros.’ horror sensation It, earned $9-M in its 5th frame to clear the $300-M mark domestically. And internationally, It is now the biggest horror film of all time with $298.8-M, putting its worldwide box office at $603.7-M TD.

Among award contenders

Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul moved into the Top 10 as it expanded into a total of 732 theaters in its 3rd frame, grossing $4.1-M for a per screen average of $5,659 and an total of $6-M TD for Focus Features.

Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes came in at #10, The biographical sports film grossed another $2.4-M for a domestic box office take of $7.8-M so far.

A24’s The Florida Project opened in 4 theaters, grossing $152,622 for a strong screen average of $38,156, the best at the weekend.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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