Blade Runner 2049 should have impressive opening weekend

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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.

For more on Blade Runner 2049, read our review and our feature on why it’s this year’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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