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'Blade Runner 2049' Struggles to $31.5 Million Opening Weekend

French-Canadian director Villeneuve attempted to make a faithful sequel using impressive special effects and superb actors in Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, but the rave reviews just haven't been enough to secure the dystopian movie a top spot at the box office.

"Blade Runner 2049" has launched with a solid $50.2 million in 63 markets on 15,900 screens, representing 61% of its global footprint for Sony.

Instead, the film grossed only a moderate $12.7 million on Friday, including $4 million from Thursday night previews.

You can view this weekend's full box office results (via Box Office Mojo) below.

Blade Runner 2049 has made far less than expected on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office.

Men over 25 accounted for half the audience, according to PostTrack, with women over 25 making up 27%. Those who did see the movie at least had positive thoughts, giving it an A- CinemaScore. Early returns, however, following Wednesday and Thursday openings showed the film on track for $48-52 million from 60% of the overall worldwide marketplace.

"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he said. Reviews have been mixed, earning the film a 46% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein said "Blade Runner 2049" had fallen short of expectations in mid-sized and smaller markets along with the South and Midwest, where the running time and Major League Baseball playoffs appeared to have held down attendance. Based on the Hasbro toys and TV series, the movie's voice cast includes Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Sia.

Third place went to the horror juggernaut It, which continues to show remarkably strong legs, while fourth went to this weekend's other new wide release, My Little Pony: The Movie. Also of note is Focus Features' Victoria and Abdul, which expanded to 732 theaters this weekend and brought in $4.1 million for eighth place.


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