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


Every 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.