Blade Runner sequel off to slow start

Blade Runner 2049 and IT's Pennywise

Blade Runner 2049 and IT's Pennywise

The critical acclaim puts the new "Blade Runner" in an exceedingly exclusive club, as few sequels have ever managed to upstage their predecessors.

Pictured above is Harrison Ford, star of "Blade Runner" and it's sequel, "Blade Runner: 2049".

Blade Runner 2049 did not quite cut it at the box office despite good reviews from critics - but analysts expect the sci-fi movie to have legs and to continue chasing revenue in the weeks to come.

The opening was a blow most of all to Alcon Entertainment, the production company that split the film's cost with Sony Pictures.

The movie also reportedly had a pricey budget of at least $150 million - another reason why the box office haul wasn't great news.

It fell short of expectations, which had been in the US$45 million to US$50 million range amid strong advance ticket sales and the revered status of 1982's original Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott. Internationally, 2049 picked up another $50 million over the weekend, and while it has yet to open in major markets like China and Japan, this weekend's $80.5 million haul could mean the film won't meet its ultimate goal. "The real trick now is to expand the audience past older men".

It's very likely that Blade Runner 2049 could follow in the same footsteps and go on to the Academy Awards receiving the same technical accolades.

"We're disappointed it didn't have a stronger result in North America".

With its attractive cinematography and its intense but slow-burning story, publications likeVanity Fairpredict that the film could find itself joining the race for this year's Academy Awards, hoping that the film could finally score an Oscar for cinematographer Roger Deakins. "It's a tough one, because Denis made a handsome movie", Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said. If not, why not?

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