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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Blade Runner 2049 may be wowing critics across the internet, but it doesn’t sound like the film will make too big of a splash financially. According to Yahoo! Movies, the sequel is looking to earn something in the realm of $45 million to $50 million domestically in its opening weekend.

Now, that’s by no means a bad haul, but considering its $185 million price tag, it’s not a number that wows. That being said, it looks like the anticipated performance to this film is being compared to that of Mad Max: Fury Road, which made $378 million off its $150 million budget. It didn’t set any records, but it managed to make a little bit of money all while serving as something of a prestige piece.

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If we’re to believe all the reviews so far, Blade Runner 2049 will definitely at least be something of a prestige piece for the studios involved. So long as they manage to make a modest profit, everyone may be content with the extensive investment made. But there are also signs the film may do better than expected.

MovieTickets.com is reporting that its advance sales are double that of 2015’s The Martian, which took in $54 million in its opening weekend. Add in the beautiful trailers and high praise online, it may very well surprise everyone with a stronger opening. Plus, it’ll be the only new big budget movie for the next couple weeks (before the real Oscar contender film Geostorm hits).

How much do you think Blade Runner 2049 will make? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

  • Derek NOLA

    sure seems like a good opening to me for a film that is likely to have legs…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.