'Blade Runner 2049': Dim vision of LA's future, box office cheer

Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright, opened in theatres across North America and global locations on Thursday, October 5th.

The film, which was co-financed by Alcon Entertainment and Sony with Warner Bros. handling domestic distribution and Sony taking over worldwide distribution, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for the last three decades.

Though the movie easily won the domestic weekend box office with an estimated $31.5 million take, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it's a disappointing figure for a blockbuster that was on over 4,000 screens and a budget of $150 million (add another $100 million or so for the marketing).

But it's early and there's still time to turn things around. Young people go to a movie's opening weekend, but with "2049" having an R rating and a running time of over two-and-a-half-hours it wasn't a hot ticket, it seems. Males gave the movie an A CinemaScore, while females gave it a B+. This is likely due to the lack of understanding regarding the original Blade Runner, which like 2049, was a slower paced, poetic style film.

But so far, it's not looking so good.

Fox's opening of survival drama "The Mountain Between Us", starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, was the weekend's runner-up, coming in slightly below projections with a moderate $10.1 million at 3,088 venues.

This year's fall juggernaut - "It" - added $9.7 million in domestic sales this weekend and was on track to hit almost $305 million domestically in four weeks of showings. Even that expectation, it should be noted, was modest in the context of the film. 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.

Not to say the movie will suddenly have a second life at the box office.