Box Office: “Blade Runner” is a lot duller than Hollywood expected — $36 million underwhelms

box2The reviews have been of the swooning variety, despite the obvious shortcomings “Blade Runner 2049” has as…a MOVIE. Chilly, inhuman, all the empathy of an iPad.

Then there’s the fact that it is a long long LONG delayed sequel to an iconic but cult-ish film from the early 1980s.

But the $45-50 million opening weekend predicted seemed like a given. Not any more. A robust Thursday gave way to a more modest Friday, and Deadline.com is shoving its projections down to $36 million. 

That’s an “Alien: Prometheus” sized take.

Wow.

It is wiping “It” off the map and sucking up all the BO oxygen. But “My Little Pony” is clearing $11 million, and “The Mountain Between Us” is bombing (as expected) at under $10.

“American Made” and “Kingsman” are still neck and neck (with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” having come out a week before and thus toting a much heavier purse), “Victoria and Abdul” is healthily inside the top ten, as is “Battle of the Sexes.”

The locally-filmed “The Florida Project” is winning the per-screen race, on just four theaters and piling up the cash. It opens wider next weekend.

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