Skip to comments.Flying Car Fizzles: Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Hitting Turbulence With $36M+ Opening
Posted on 10/07/2017 7:04:07 AM PDT by EdnaMode
4th Update, Friday 11:47PM: What a fascinating business. This weekend a $35 million-budgeted horror movie in its fifth frame will gross close to nine times its production cost with a running domestic B.O. total of $304.6M.
At the same time, a $155M-plus attempt to reboot a cult sci-fi franchise may not even make it to $100M by the end of its domestic theatrical cycle.
We are, of course, comparing New Line/Warner Bros. It and Alcon Entertainment/Sonys Blade Runner 2049, and the latter is now looking at a three-day weekend of $36.5M, an awful start for this brilliantly crafted cinematic opus directed by Denis Villeneuve and executive produced by Ridley Scott. In fact, Blade Runner 2049s projected weekend isnt that far from Scotts summer misfire Alien: Covenant ($36.1M).
By some miracle, should Blade Runner 2049 get into the low $40Ms by Sunday, its still not a fantastic start for this tentpole size budgeted sci-fi film. One financier remarked tonight that they werent impressed by the early European B.O. results for the sequel, and that its now up to Asia to save Blade Runner 2049.
Those affiliated with the movie have been saying that $400M is the magic breakeven number, but Deadline sources believe thats far from true. One source with knowledge of the budget claims its significantly higher in the $170M range versus the $155M being floated around. To Alcons credit they took advantage of foreign credits and rebates, shooting Blade Runner 2049 in Hungary. One insider even asserts they came in under their original proposed budget.
Nonetheless, this is truly a very depressing result for Blade Runner 2049: Here was a passionate attempt to revive a cult classic, be completely faithful to its original property from its mind-blowing production design to its sophisticated plot, and now kerplunk.
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On par with lifetime domestic gross boxoffice receipts for the original released 35 years ago
Should have been adapted as a TV series.
I never understood the need for a sequel to this particular story. I enjoyed Blade Runner, but was not a slavering fanatic. Oh well.
I hope Hollywood temple of doom meets the same fate as those of the NBA and NFL. Out of touch millionaire leftists who mock the people who provide them with their lavish lifestyles. I want to see Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and the rest bumming for quarters at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, while wearing Hillary for President t-shirts or Kaepernick jerseys.
People are not interested in a dystopian view of the future, given the propaganda spouted by the media on a daily basis. That simple.
Then again what does?
Movie studios are remaking prior films b/c they are banking on name recognition, existing fan base, etc. Like karnage, I enjoyed the first, but fail to see the need to remake it.
>>#3 Sequels show lack of originality and we’re getting burnt out on remakes.<<
I think 2017 will go down as the year made up of 90% remakes, sequels and reboots. That will probably go to 100% in 2018.
Hollywood has run out of creative gas.
More precisely, they fired it all because it wouldn't conform its writing to the International Socialist agenda.
Harrison “Obama Lover” Ford was the star of the original. I understand he is back in a cameo role so I wont watch it. Let it fail
Surprisingly it looks like with just a key actor supporting Obama, or opposing Trump a mega film suddenly loses an audience. Looks like America is growing back after being raped by the Islamobama regime.
Time for another Rocky movie.
Better yet, another Terminator flick.
According to Boxofficemojo.com, Jennifer “I hate Trump” Lawrence’s latest bomb “Mother” is currently grossing less than $60 per screen. That means that no more than 5 or 6 people are paying to see it in each theater all day long.
Maybe insulting half of the US population is not a good marketing move for an entertainer after all.
By the time the writers modify the new scripts with the obligatories, the overall narrative becomes uninteresting and predictable.
Obligatories such as the lesbian kiss, the gay (male-male) kiss, the interracial couple, soon the transgendered character, etc. Then, fill the script with anti-Right, anti-conservative, anti-Christian, anti-American jabs and jokes.
And they wonder why it isn’t a box-office hit.
Maybe major film stars will learn to keep their mouths shut about their politics and not piss-off half their audience.
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