The early numbers for this week’s Box Office are out, and it doesn’t look good for Blade Runner 2049.
According to Box Office Mojo, Friday’s estimates have the film making $12.7 million from 4,058 theaters for a $3,130 average. Not exactly the type of numbers you want to see for a movie with a budget of $150 million.
The website speculates it could end up with a $35 million opening:
With an estimated $12.7 million on Friday (including $4 million from Thursday night previews), Blade Runner 2049 is looking to come in well below expectations, targeting an opening anywhere from $31-36 million.
And then gave an update:
Blade Runner 2049 got things started last night with $4 million from Thursday night previews, $800k of which came from IMAX screenings. For comparison, The Martian delivered $2.5 million from preview screenings and Gravity brought in $1.4 million before both films went on to open with over $54 million each. Another comp that carries weight is Mad Max: Fury Road, which brought in $3.7 million from Thursday night previews before its $45.4 million opening, Prometheus brought in $3.6 million (including $1 million from IMAX screenings) before its $51 million debut and Interstellar delivered $3.5 million before its $47.5 million opening.
People just simply might not be interested in the film. It can’t be because of the film’s reviews, which are actually pretty positive. Though, it is worth nothing that the first Blade Runner film bombed, which was the reason it took over twenty years to get a sequel. Here’s hoping it can turn things around this weekend, but that might not be possible given the film’s insanely high budget.