Blade Runner 2049 has struggled at the box office this weekend, earning a whopping $12.7 million on Friday when it released in theaters. The low turnout comes as somewhat of a surprise following the film's positive reviews and critic reactions. The film was also tracking very well on Rotten Tomatoes, but it appears the positive word of mouth and online hype were not enough to get people to the cinema.
Having become available to the general public, many moviegoers are complaining the film is extremely slow paced and by all accounts a "boring" movie. This is likely due to the lack of understanding regarding the original Blade Runner, which like 2049, was a slower paced, poetic style film. Audience members attending showings of Blade Runner 2049 expecting a high-octane, sci-fi thriller will undoubtedly be disappointed as that is not, nor ever was the focus of Blade Runner. These films are meant to be appreciated and analyzed with an open and attentive mind.
Unfortunately Blade Runner seems to be following suit after Alien: Covenant's less than stellar box office performance. But, unlike Alien: Covenant who's sequel is still in development at Fox, a continuation of the Blade Runner film franchise past 2049 seems unlikely.
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A new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), discovers a dark secret that might bring an end to humanity. K's discovery leads him to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who disappeared thirty years ago.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049's release date is October 2017.
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