– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Blade Runner 2049 was an interesting film to follow. It was the decades-late follow-up to a film that didn’t perform in the decade in which it was released, but had gone on to gain a cult following. By some miracle, Warner Bros. had selected this film as one to remake, and had even given it a ridiculously high budget of $150 million in which to tell the story.

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The film went on to garner high praise from critics, but sadly, it didn’t do too well at the box office. The movie made less than $90 million domestically, and just over $250 million worldwide. Given its budget, this one is going down as red in the books. Since then, director Denis Villeneuve has been pretty quiet on the matter.

However, speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment, he opened up about his actual thoughts.

“I’m still digesting it. We had the best [critics’ reviews]. I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tons of money, but not enough. I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long [its run time is 2 hours, 44 minutes]. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.”

It really is a shame. There was obviously a lot of love and care that went into making the film, but at the end of the day, it may have been far too slow and cerebral for mainstream audiences. When spending $150 million on a film, you can’t exactly afford to restrict your audience.

What do you think of the film’s performance? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Entertainment

  • M@rvel

    Wow a self aware movie?? that’s crazy!!

    • Victor Roa

      There’s always time to blame it onto someone else

      • Jeedai Infidel

        That’s the original title to Hillary’s latest book.

  • Jamie

    Villeneuve is one of the best filmmakers out there, but this one had a poor script and too many plot holes and was just boring. And this is coming from a fan of every one of his other films. Just sad, but no one can bat 1.000.

  • Leftmouse

    This is the second article on the film’s apparent financial failure. Shame you want to focus on this.

    • clembartels

      The movie was highly anticipated and a big financial flop. It’s not shameful to report facts.

  • secretAGENTman

    What’s hard to get Dennis you made a movie for critics and sooner files, unfortunately there’s not enough of people that left it to pay for the bills. Be proud of the great movie, and move onto the next. 🙂

  • Ditko

    “It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies — I don’t sell them.” Well pretty boy, you better make sure your next one makes some money, otherwise no more soup for you!

    • Markros

      Please go watch the latest Transformers movies (ten times in a row). Hey, they made money!

      • CrystalClearTruth

        this is the entire political system in a nutshell. That’s why Obangyomama won for 8 years and Hitlery didn’t

  • Moby85

    This is unfortunately a case of a film that despite all efforts and intense marketing was seen by the general public as just a giant cult film. Mostly those same fans saw it and by and large too few casual moviegoers were interested. This probably ends the Blade Runner universe and that’s OK but as I’ve posted here previously on the matter, I am worried about the future of hard sci-fi movies now.

    Blade Runner had everything going for it from a “buzz” and critical reception but it just never engaged audiences.

  • clembartels

    I’m a Blade Runner fan and the movie was too long, very boring at times. I would imagine casual fans would have the same issues. Throw in the extra hour of runtime and that means fewer showings, which means less income. The film was beautifully filmed and looked great, I just found the plot very boring.

  • Rad4Cap

    “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe”

    People were not familiar with the Blade Runner universe?!? LOLOLOLOL

  • Dreaming Wanderer

    I saw it twice (which is a lot for my budget). But most people go to a movie theater 5-6 times a year at the most. And they usually go to a more commercial films. This year alone had 6 superhero movies (and with the exception of Logan none of them was that good) and they all made big money. Also you have at any given time at least 3-4 superhero movie trailers play again and again at the theater all year long. Not so many people care for a philosophical movie with influences from European cinema (you can easily find Villeneuve’s love for Tarkovsky’s Stalker here) that goes on for 3 hours, not in the U.S. at least. They want easy fun films with characters like Thor or Peter Quill who slip at a banana peel every 5 minutes and makes them laugh.

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.