Blade Runner 2049 opened in theaters last night, and it was incredibly successful at the box office. Warner Bros. announced that the R-rated sci-fi sequel pulled in $4 million last night with $800,000 of that total coming from IMAX screens. To put that in perspective, Gravity, the current reigning box office champ of October only pulled in $1.4 million from Thursday night screenings, and The Martian only made $2.5 million.
So what does this mean for Blade Runner 2049’s opening weekend? While the film was tracking to open around $40 million, it could well eclipse that prediction. Gravity opened to $55 million and The Martian opened to $54 million. If Blade Runner 2049 is already at $4 million and it has positive notices from critics (the movie currently sits at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes), the film could end up becoming the new record holder for biggest October opening. While you could argue that the R-rating is a hurdle that Gravity and The Martian didn’t have to worry about, I’d point that with the success of IT and Deadpool, the R-rating isn’t an insurmountable obstacle.
Stay with us throughout the weekend to see how Blade Runner 2049 fares at the box office. And for more of our Blade Runner 2049 coverage, click on the links below:
- ‘Blade Runner 2049’: Ryan Gosling’s K Is More Than the Evolution of Rick Deckard
- ‘Blade Runner 2049’: Let’s Talk about That Ending
- ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: The Rare Sequel That Surpasses a Classic
- ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Writer Reveals Which Version of ‘Blade Runner’ to Watch Before the Sequel
Here’s the official synopsis for Blade Runner 2049:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.