Last week, we mentioned how critics were going pretty wild over the new Blade Runner 2049 movie – and if you’ve seen it yourself you’ll know that it is bloomin’ awesome (trust us). However, history seems to be repeating itself, as Blade Runner 2049 is doing shockingly bad at the box office, just like the original in 1982 (y’know, before it became a cult classic and took over our lives forever and ever).
Yep, despite its impressive 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Blade Runner 2049 has flopped at the box office in its opening weekend – which is not what Warner Bros. expected from its highly anticipated sequel. Okay, the movie still dominated the box-office charts (racking in a whopping $31.5 million over the weekend), but it was no way near the estimated figure of $43 million – $45 million that was predicted. That’s gotta be a tough blow.
However, it might not be all doom and gloom for ol’ Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, as there could be a chance the movie could pick up. With its ‘R’ rating and its two-hour running time, Blade Runner 2049 has proven to be a turnoff for under-25 Millennials wanting a trip to the theater (maybe they should try handing out no-milk-no-soy-no-coffee frappuccinos? Just kidding). Instead, Warner Bros. expect their main audience to be those who grew up watching the 1982 original – so the over-30 crowd. It’s a well-known fact that over-30s often avoid the opening weekend of a movie (loads of people? No thanks) and wait to watch the movie in theaters at a later date.
Of course, if this doesn’t happen, Blade Runner 2049 will take after it’s original, which also flopped in theaters. But as we all know, Blade Runner rose from the ashes and didn’t let a bad box-office number get it down, as it soon showed the world it was a cult classic and a force to be reckoned with. Will Blade Runner 2049 do the same? We’ll have to wait and see…