“Blade Runner 2049” is heading for a respectable $45 million opening weekend at 4,058 North American sites, early estimates showed on Friday.
The projection for the sci-fi sequel is in line with recent forecasts of between $45 million and $50 million — similar to 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which debuted to $45 million on its way to $154 million domestically. Initial response from Thursday night shows for “Blade Runner 2049” was strong, with 55% of moviegoers rating the film “excellent” and another 30% calling it “very good,” according to comScore’s PostTrak.
“The impressive initial box office returns coupled with the positive critical consensus and most importantly, early raves by moviegoers, portend long-term playability for the film,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.
“Blade Runner 2049’s” lengthy 163-minute run time holds down the number of showings each day.
- Dave McNary
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