The highly-anticipated Denis Villeneuve-helmed Blade Runner sequel experienced a lackluster opening weekend, as Blade Runner 2049 — a sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult classic starring Ryan Gosling and original lead Harrison Ford — opened at an estimated $31.5 million-grossing in North America this weekend. The film was forecasted early last week to have an estimated $45 million opening weekend in the US.
It seems that despite the film’s cult status, immensely respected actor choices, and stellar Hans Zimmer-penned score, the noir sci-fi number is following in the footsteps of its predecessor. Despite its widely-regarded modern-day status, the original Blade Runner was ill-received in its time, as the film brought in Harrison Ford’s lowest grossing global release with just $27 million its opening weekend.
Nonetheless, the film has on the whole earned rave reviews.
Paul Dergarabedian, a senior analyst for the American media measurement and analytics company comScore, recently told BBC, “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, but a lengthy running time and lesser interest among females made it tougher for the film to reach the original weekend box office projections.”
Blade Runner 2049 grossed $50.2 million globally just this weekend and the film still took the top spot in 45 of the 63 countries where the picture was playing.