US Box-Office: 'Blade Runner 2049' earns United States dollars 31.5 million in opening weekend


Monday's final result throws serious doubt onto what had been high hopes for a box office success story.

"#Blade Runner 2049" has topped the weekend box office, as "It" has finally been decisively defeated after taking the top sport three of the last four weeks. Saturday saw an 11 per cent decline to $11.4 million and Sunday's total was $8.7 million.

With a built-in fanfare for the film and the inclusion of major stars like Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and returning megastar Harrison Ford, most believed it to be a shoe-in for a huge take on the charts.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies over the weekend were "American Made" ($8.4 million); "The Lego Ninjago Movie" ($7 million); "Victoria and Abdul" ($4.2 million); "Flatliners" ($4 million); and "Battle of the Sexes" ($2.6 million). Denis Villeneuve helms the sequel film, which is set in a bleak 2049 Los Angeles with Gosling starring as an LAPD officer dealing with replicants seeking freedom.

"I'm disappointed", said Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., which released the independently produced movie in the United States and Canada. "The audience for it was narrower than we anticipated".

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 $10.6 million at 3,088 venues. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the Dollars 35 million film tells the tale of two strangers who are stranded in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash.

Scott is a producer this time around, but he had his hands in the film's development, along with "Blade Runner" scribe Hampton Fancher (who co-writes here with Michael Green).

My Little Pony: The Movie is a 2017 animated musical fantasy film based on the television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which was developed as part of the 2010 re-launch of the My Little Pony franchise by Hasbro. The feature film to the hit children's TV show stars the voice work of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Uzo Aduba.

The Chinese comedy Never Say Die took $66m globally to top the worldwide box office, pushing Kingsman: The Golden Circle into second place.

Globally, the film took $50.2m and claimed the number one spot in 45 of its 63 markets, Screen Daily reported.