– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This weekend saw three major releases with the sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049, the drama The Mountain Between Us, and My Little Pony: The Movie.

In the number one spot by a long shot is Blade Runner 2049, but while it is at number one, it’s a less-than-ideal number. The film itself cost $150 million to make, and plus marketing and whatever those short films cost, it’ll likely need to break $400 million to break even. While the film could have strong legs in the long run, its haul of $31.5 million isn’t exactly a promising start. This is a smart sci-fi story, and sadly, if this doesn’t pick up in performance, Hollywood may see this as a sign that audiences aren’t interested in these types of movies, which frankly, they may not be on a mainstream level.

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In number two is The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. Sadly, the film hasn’t fared too well with critics, and its $10.1 million haul seems to reflect this. However, with its modest $35 million, if it does end up losing money, it won’t end up losing a whole lot for Fox.

In number three is IT, still holding on with an admirable $9.7 million. It’s also broken $600 million worldwide and $300 million domestically. What a testament to great filmmaking this is.

Below are the top 10 domestic films for the weekend:

  1. Blade Runner 2049 – Warner Bros. – $31.5M
  2. Mountain Between Us, The – 20th Century Fox – $10.1
  3. IT – Warner Bros. – $9.7M
  4. My Little Pony: The Movie – Lionsgate – $8.8M
  5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 20th Century Fox – $8.1M
  6. American Made – Universal – $8.1M
  7. LEGO Ninjago Movie, The – Warner Bros. – $6.8M
  8. Victoria and Abdul – Focus Features – $4.1M
  9. Flatliners – Sony – $3.8M
  10. Battle of the Sexes – 20th Century Fox – $2.4M

Worldwide numbers are forthcoming.

What do you think of the box office performances for the weekend? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Box Office Office

  • oh_riginal

    It is definitely my favorite film of the year so far, closely followed by War For the Planet of the Apes, which also didn’t set the box office on fire. Sad to see great sci-fi not be as widely appreciated as it should be.

    • ExarKun777

      Yes, I agree. Almost all the summer films are mindless stories filled with stupidity. Blade Runner 2049 is a master piece, full of concepts, art, ideas and philosophy. And to have something ironic, the cinema showed the trailer of Geostorm before the function, and then I thought after the movie: I see, films like Geostorm is what most of the public wants, and almost nobody will pay attention to this masterpiece that I just saw, how sad.

  • DubCheezy

    I only stayed away because I thought the crowds would be massive. Not to mention my local theaters’ screens were dominated by that Brony movie. I think I’ll go see it today then.

  • steadymobb

    I really enjoyed it. I could definitely see why it underperformed though. I wasn’t going to see it because I’ve never seen the first, which I think most of the under 30 crowd hasn’t. I was dragged by a friend and liked it and will now watch the original and this one again hopefully

    • Jeremy Alexander

      What does age have to do with it? You don’t watch movies older than you? That’s pretty sad, and you’re really missing out on a lot of things.

      • steadymobb

        It’s just a fact that the younger crowd did not turn out for this. None of my friends had seen it. Bladerunner was not that successful when it came out, and it turned into a cult classic.

  • Jeremy Alexander

    People fucking suck. Shit like Avatar and the Transformers make billions and the first truly good sci-fi film in years flops. There were a total of 7 people in a massive 3d theater when I went on Friday. Next to that theater was a Mountain Between Us and the screen showing available seating showed it as sold out. Just fuck fucking people. Fuck every pleb asshole mouthbreather that would rather sit through some brainless splosion fest that kills good movies like this from ever being made.


      Not too many people are familiar with the original film. This film had horrible marketing as well. If left to just watch the trailers alone most folks still won’t understand what the film is about which is a bad advertising technique all together.

      Also, Mother! flopped too and that just came out three weekends ago and the last Kingsmen film didn’t perform that well either. This is the worst part of the year to release any blockbuster film with everyone just starting school again or getting back to work after a summer vacation.

      Also, most people that are old enough to remember the original didn’t even know that a sequel was coming out. How are they to blame? There were several studios involved in making this film and yet it was scheduled to be released now so that it didn’t have to compete with Star Wars/Thor: Ragnorok by the end of the year or the onslaught of sequels that came out and also bombed this summer. They probably didn’t expect IT to kick so much ass since the film was made on a modest budget and had no recognizable stars in it.

      • anna

        nah, inception also had trailers saying nothing and it got a lot of people, the marketing was not good but not in this sense, and to be fair i dont think the studios really wanted to make a lot of money they wanted this movie to add quality to them and it is what it will do on the awards season next year

    • axebox

      Noone is bringing their kids to see Blade Runner. They’ll bring their kids to see Transformers, even though those movies should also be rated R.


    As far as marketing goes its been horrible. Anyone that’s not familiar with the original film wouldn’t have any idea of what this film is about based on the commercials/trailers alone. Hopefully, it can pick up some steam between tomorrow (Columbus Day) and Halloween. I can see theaters cutting down how many times they’ll show it on their screens with Happy Death Day coming out this upcoming Friday.

  • noahwayne0

    It is the movie of the year. People have short attention spans, the 2.5 hour run time may have caused some to stay away. But I loved every second.

  • Ryan Fink

    “My Little POONY”? Whoops

    Too bad for Bladerunner, but I agree that most of the under 30 crowd is not gonna be familiar with the original. This was not “must see” for them or particularly relevant.

  • Kronx

    Bladerunner is a perfectly fine film. It was never really designed to be a blockbuster though. It opened with $6 million because it was 1982 and starred Harrison Ford in a movie with spaceships. It had the 14th best opening of the year but finished 27th. (That’s the kind of drop you get when you have zero Death Stars being exploded.)

    Much of modern geek culture stems from dudes in their 40s who romanticize the films they saw as children. And Bladerunner was a status film in the 80s. Bringing it up was a way to impress your friends because it was rated R. Everyone had seen Star Wars and ET and Indiana Jones. But not Bladerunner.

    It’s became a secret genre litmus-test. And I do think people exaggerated how much they liked it.

    I’ve always thought it was a decent film, but I also never really felt compelled to revisit it either.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Where’s the My Little Pony review?

  • Brafdorf

    I still think it’ll make it up over the coming weeks.
    Word of mouth will change a lot

    I tempered my excitement for 2049 like many people did. I assumed an average sequel, not this.


    I just saw this film earlier and there were six total people in the theater including my wife and I. This film is absurdly long and there’s complete shots with no dialogue, just a horn sound buzzing in the background.

    Its bad when a long film feels like an eternity. No idea why it had to be so long though. There’s less than 12 characters with speaking roles and there’s scenes that could be completely wiped from the final cut the overall story wouldn’t suffer one bit.

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.