Blade Runner reboot tops box office, but takings fall short of sensational

Harrison Ford (left) who starred in the first Blade Runner film, faces off against Ryan Gosling in the sequel Blade Runner 2049.
Harrison Ford (left) who starred in the first Blade Runner film, faces off against Ryan Gosling in the sequel Blade Runner 2049.PHOTO: STEPHEN VAUGHAN/WARNER BROS PICTURES

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Long-awaited sequel Blade Runner: 2049 snatched the box office top spot this weekend - three and a half decades since Blade Runner hit the big screen in 1982, industry estimates showed Sunday (Oct 8.)

But with takings of US$31.5 million ($43 million) in North American cinemas, the sci-fi reboot - featuring original star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling - didn't enjoy the sensational opening its rave reviews suggested it might.

Blade Runner: 2049 sees Gosling as a new Los Angeles Police Department "blade runner" - charged with killing bio-engineered androids known as "replicants". On uncovering a secret which threatens society, he embarks on a search for Harrison Ford's character, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago.

Despite a disappointing first weekend, Blade Runner did not face much competition for the top spot - with Fox's The Mountain Between Us, in second place, earning just US$10.1 million.

Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Mountain Between Us tells the story of a surgeon (Elba) and a journalist (Winslet), who fall in love as they fight to survive following a plane crash on a snowy Utah mountain range.

Meanwhile, with takings dropping from last week's US$16.9 million to US$9.6 million, freaky horror hit It - based on the Stephen King novel - settled for third place in its fifth week in theatres.

 

In fourth, earning US$8.8 million, was Lionsgate animation My Little Pony: The Movie - featuring star-studded voice-overs from the likes of Emily Blunt and Australian singer Sia.

But it was a fall from grace for espionage comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which - having taken the crown last week - dropped to fifth place with earnings of just US$8.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were: American Made (US$8 million) The Lego Ninjago Movie" (US$6.7 million) Victoria and Abdul (US$4.1 million) Flatliners (US$3.8 million) Battle of the Sexes (US$2.4 million)