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.
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.