The original Blade Runner wasn’t a financial hit when it came out in 1982, barley making over $25 million during its initial domestic run. Given the cult status the film has gained over the years, though, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Blade Runner 2049 is headed for a strong opening weekend.
According to Variety, the sequel made $4 million from its Thursday night previews. The film could make somewhere around $50 by the end of the weekend. That’s more than Blade Runner made during its entire lifespan at the box office ( $32 million). Of course Blade Runner 2049 also came with a steep price tag, costing somewhere around $150–185 million.