Alas, this didn't give the big budget sequel the boost it needed at the box office.
Predictions last week had Blade Runner 2049 heading closer to the $50 million mark so investors are bound to be a little caught off guard, especially considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews it received. With a budget of $150 million, though, it's hard to view these results as anything but a disappointment.
Perhaps this is partly due to the original film's questionable sexual politics, or because the marketing push focused on male stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and scarcely included any one of its several important female characters. "Alcon and Denis made an unbelievable movie".
Lionsgate's animated "My Little Pony" trotted in 4th with a modest $8.9 million at 2,528 locations, slightly above forecasts.
"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he said. The fact of its 163-minute runtime also likely played a large role, restricting its number of plays per day and an audience willingness to sit through almost 3 hours of film.
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).
Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment's romantic-adventure drama "The Mountain Between Us", starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, scaled to only United States dollars 10.1 million from 3,068 theaters and placed itself on 2nd position. Sony is handling foreign distribution and saw the opening weekend top $50 million. The feature film to the hit children's TV show stars the voice work of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Uzo Aduba.
Fox's third weekend of "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" come in 5th with $8.7 million while Universal's second weekend of "American Made" came in 6th place, followed by Warner's third weekend of "The Lego Ninjago Movie" with $7 million.