“Blade Runner 2049,’’ the reboot of the 1982 cult classic about a dystopian future in Los Angeles, disappointed in its three-day opening, posting $31.5 million in ticket sales that was below the lower end of expectations of industry watchers.
The new “Blade Runner’’ film, in which Harrison Ford reprises his role from the original movie, was expected to bring in from $45 million to $55 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.
Movie sequels are made in order to capitalize on an initial film’s success after establishing a fanbase to create a franchise and generate future profits. What is unusual about the “Blade Runner 2049” debut is the original film was released over a generation ago and only built a following well after its initial release.
24/7 Wall St. has identified the 25 best and 25 worst movie sequels based on metrics such as box office gross and online ratings. All but five of the best grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office, conversely only one of the worst surpassed that benchmark.