Box Office: Can “Blade Runner” clear $50 million?

blade1Every other potential moneymaker from October moved off this weekend. Because everybody knows that 30 year gap sequel or not, “Blade Runner 2049” is a brand that’s going to suck all of the oxygen and cash out of the box office this weekend.

“The Mountain Between Us” is basically a sacrificial lamb led to the slaughter — $10-12 million for the Idris Elba/Kate Winslet weeper.

Will “2049” clear $50 million? Box Office Mojo seems to think so.

The Box Office Guru figures “2049” will earn $49 on its opening weekend.

Based on Thursday night’s numbers ($4 million), it should be in the $45 million range. Word of mouth may bump it up, or suppress it. As I said in my review, it does tend to lack a character we can wholly empathize with, a beating heart — emotion.

In any event, Warners’ film will supplant Warners’ “It” as the big movie of the weekend and should give it a run for biggest blockbuster of the fall. “American Made” should top “Kingsman” and maybe even “It,” as it has most of the week.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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