Weekend box office: Blade Runner 2049 takes the top spot

Sometimes reporting the weekend box office news is depressing and today is one of those days.  It’s so frustrating that a movie as original and as beautiful as BLADE RUNNER 2049 is going to be considered a box office disappointment after struggling with just over $30 million on its opening weekend.  International numbers don’t look much better.  Critics and fans alike enjoy bashing Hollywood for not giving us high quality science fiction movies, but if something like BLADE RUNNER 2049 can’t find an audience, I don’t see much incentive for Hollywood to keep trying.  The other new movies of the weekend didn’t fare too much better.  The kids movie MY LITTLE PONY will come in second place, presumably appealing to the daughters of the women that actually remember MY LITTLE PONY.  Finally, there’s THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (click the link to read our review), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.  The poorly received film should finish in third place.

The good news, if any, for BLADE RUNNER 2049 is that it should take the top spot next weekend as well since there aren’t any big movies releasing.  First is MARSHAL, starring Chadwick Boseman.  The movie looks fine and I’m sure Chadwick does a great job, but I can’t imagine the film doing much damage at the weekend box office.  Next, there’s Jackie Chan’s THE FOREIGNER, which looks like his best movie in a very, very long time.  But again, I don’t see the film reaching a mass audience.  Finally, there’s a handful of Oscar bait films like GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN and BREATHE.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Blade Runner 2049 $33m

2. My Little Pony $10.5m

3. The Mountain Between Us $10m

4. It $9.3m

5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle $8.2m

6. American Made $8.1m

7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie $6.8m

8. Victoria and Abdul $4.5m

9. Flatliners $3.5m

10. Battle of the Sexes $2.4m

(Deadline)

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