'Blade Runner 2049′ Disappoints at the Weekend Box Office


But even though the highly touted sequel had seemingly everything going for it, something didn't click with audiences. Alas, this didn't give the big budget sequel the boost it needed at the box office.

The follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 cyberpunk classic was the top film at the box office, but the $31.5 million it earned in US theaters was well below the $45-55 million opening weekend that its strong Thursday night "preview" screenings had pundits predicting. The audience was overwhelmingly male (71 per cent) and over the age of 25 (86 per cent).

The film, which was co-financed by Alcon Entertainment and Sony with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking over global distribution, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.

That's way less than the $50 million it was expected pull for its debut. ("The Blind Side", "Prisoners.") But its blockbuster ambitions -which include flops like "Point Break" and "Transcendence" - have gone rockier. "Blade Runner" has an 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes while "The Foreigner" has 80%. "It's a tough one, because Denis made a lovely movie", Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said.

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Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment's romantic-adventure drama "The Mountain Between Us", starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, scaled to only Dollars 10.1 million from 3,068 theaters and placed itself on 2nd position.

It will close the weekend with a domestic tally of US$305 million so far, plus US$298.8 million internationally, to top the US$600 million worldwide mark.

Based on the Charles Martin novel, the film - which has had mixed reviews - stars Elba as a surgeon and Winslet as a journalist who are left stranded together following a plane crash.

The horror hit "It" followed in third place with $9.7 million in its fifth week.