– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s no secret that Blade Runner 2049 didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. While it was a critical success that’s been hailed as a worthy successor to the original Ridley Scott film, it didn’t manage to gain any real traction with audiences, for one reason or another.

But how much is it set to lose?

The film’s budget was a reported $155 million. If you add in the marketing, which can range from $80-150 million, the overall cost was anywhere from $235 million to $305 million. If we’re to use my dummy math, which takes into account the cut of the gross that theaters take (basically multiplying gross by 67 percent), we get a revenue of $161 million. Subtracting that from the two total costs, we get losses ranging from $74 million to $144 million, depending on the marketing costs.

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But what do actual insiders have to say about this?

According to THR, insiders are estimating that the losses will be about $80 million, which falls within our own prediction range. While under $100 million, this figure is still nothing to sneeze at. However, thanks to the way the deal was arranged, co-financier Sony will be recouping all its investments, which is good news for that particular studio (as a sidenote: WB is only the U.S. distributor, not a financier).

What do you think of this loss? Are you sad that a smart sci-fi movie like this couldn’t succeed? Let us know down below!

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  • Chris Orme

    A well deserved loss. I found the movie extremely disappointing. Frustrates me anytime I hear praise for it.

  • R obert

    Awesome movie. Bummer it was a flop but the masses prefer junk food not gourmet meals.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Well I prefer pizza to caviar.

    • 5_deadly_venoms

      yea you are the Wolfgang Puck of movies. it was boring as hell. get over it

  • TheOct8pus

    I don’t really care how hard it flopped – I’m more interested in exploring WHY it flopped…
    I guess most people really didn’t care, and there really weren’t enough fans of the original to warrant crowds heading to the movies

  • Victor Roa

    if the structure of films are they can’t do well if they make to 70 million then there’s something seriously wrong with the industry as a whole. I’d be happy if I made a sci fi film and it grosses 50,000 at least pay off my student loans.

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.