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Why ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Proved
a Box Office Disappointment

RealClearLife, by Ethan Sacks

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 10/9/2017 10:29:52 PM

The future looks bleak for the dystopian sci-fi flick, Blade Runner 2049. Though the sequel to the 1982 cult classic topped the box office this weekend, its $31.5 million haul was well short of expectations and a huge disappointment for a highly-anticipated film crowned with glowing reviews. Critics extolled the visual experience created by director Denis Villeneuve, and long-time fans appreciated the return of original franchise star Harrison Ford. The film also boasted one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, Ryan Gosling, fresh off his La La Land success, as the lead. “This was a watershed movie,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior

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Other sources said they were expecting close to $100 million opening. Only got 1/3 of that.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 10/9/2017 10:45:11 PM     (No. 11411355)

well, "Red" Ford is on my boycott list, so that keeps me away..
although i´ll tell everyone i DID go, and it was TERRIBLE!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: abuela10, 10/9/2017 10:46:58 PM     (No. 11411360)

The best thing about the original Blade Runner was Rutger Hauer and Sean Young´s face. This one meh!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/9/2017 10:51:34 PM     (No. 11411368)

Maybe Hollyweird just needs fresh material.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MickinPhoenix, 10/9/2017 11:19:53 PM     (No. 11411401)

Could it be Harrison Ford is too friggin old and looks it??.....Mick

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Caveman, 10/9/2017 11:33:41 PM     (No. 11411414)

I am looking forward to seeing it because I am a huge fan of the original. Having said that, you wouldn´t catch me dead in a theater on the opening weekend. I think the film will do okay in the long run, but people my age don´t go to the movies on their opening weekends. Our local independent theater will have it in about three weeks, and the costs to go there for the film and concessions are less than half of a major chain.
From what I understand the movie is well made but your average millennial wont understand it, and it is two hours forty minutes long.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Caveman, 10/9/2017 11:37:11 PM     (No. 11411417)

(contd.) With that length it doesn´t have as many showings per screen per day. That will also affect box office totals at the beginning.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: strike3, 10/9/2017 11:42:10 PM     (No. 11411421)

"Glowing reviews" really don´t mean much. Some of these people are paid or bribed to say nice things.

Not that it would influence me one way or the other. I don´t do hollywood.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Omen, 10/10/2017 12:14:54     (No. 11411447)

If you are gonna do a sequel don´t wait 35 yrs
as a lot of people who liked it will be dead.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Newtsche, 10/10/2017 1:52:28     (No. 11411494)

Beware bargain matinees and the like.
Projectors use a lot of juice and the cut rate showings crank them back making dark/night scenes hard to see.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: GO3, 10/10/2017 5:20:26     (No. 11411540)

I hope Ford wasn´t driving one of those flying cars.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Smart11344, 10/10/2017 11:52:52     (No. 11411955)

I never saw the original film. Didn´t want to see it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ledwith, 10/10/2017 12:58:22 PM     (No. 11412039)

I loved the original but ´meh´ is about as enthusiastic as I can get for the sequel. Not compelling but interesting for the first 2/3rds it jumps the shark when Harrison Ford appears. He can do two expressions now: bewildered and slightly angry/bored. Plus, he really, really hasn´t aged well. But, maybe I´m being too harsh...maybe his facial expressions were merely his reaction to finding himself in such a convoluted, mindless, ridiculous last third of a sequel to a classic, brilliant movie. The political tidbits strewn throughout the movie: an agrarian crash devastating the planet in 2020 (just three years!), a ´Resistance´, a justification for suicide if the cause is just, rankle, but could have been accepted for the great soundtrack, the great visuals, the sheer size of the movie, but for an ending that ain´t ´Rosebud´.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Cor-Vet, 10/10/2017 1:33:45 PM     (No. 11412081)

I continue to re-watch the original, even though my wife hates it, as it´s one of my favorites of all times. But I can wait for Redbox and see it for $1. What´s a few more months after a 35 year wait?

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