The sequel 35 years in the making finally reached theaters this week. With a $150 million production budget and a huge marketing plan, many prognosticators believed “Blade Runner 2049” was headed toward a $50M debut. Instead, it managed to bring in $31M in North American theaters. Overseas, the sci fi epic did better, earning around $50M, for a weekend total of about $81M.
Another newcomer opened in second this week, “The Mountain Between Us.” The mountain survival story stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, but wasn’t a hit with critics or fans. The film brought in $10M in its first outing. Adding the $3.6M it took in across the pond, and “The Mountain Between Us” $13.7M on its $35M budget.
The third place finisher and surprise hit “It” had a milestone week. Adding $9.3M to its five-week total, “It” crossed the $300M mark in the US, and the $600M mark worldwide. “It” officially passed “The Sixth Sense” to become the highest grossing supernatural horror film.
“My Little Pony: The Movie” also debuted this week in fourth place. The animated film earned $8.8 million. Adding the $3.8M it earned internationally, “My Little Pony” finished the weekend at about $12.6M.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” dropped from first to fifth, with $8.1M in domestic ticket sales. The spy/action/comedy crossed the $250M mark worldwide.
Moving out of the Top 5 is sixth place “American Made.” The Tom Cruise-led film that defies categorization finished, once again, just $23 thousand behind “Kingsman” with $8.07M. Cruise continues to be a big draw internationally, though, where “American Made” has brought the film’s total to just under $100M in two weeks.
“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” came in seventh with $6.7M. The third film in the “LEGO” franchise has struggled with audiences, trailing its predecessors by millions. Both of the previous films had February openings, whereas “Ninjago” moved to September.
The historical film “Victoria & Abdul” moved to wider release this week and finished in eighth place. The film, which stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, earned $4.1M with its expanded release. It is at almost $6M in the US, and has earned $30M worldwide.
“Flatliners” finished in ninth place, earning another $3M. The critically panned horror remake cost $19M to make. It has almost broken even with worldwide receipts.
And rounding out the Top 10 is “Battle of the Sexes.” The film has done well with critics and earned high praise for its stars, particularly Emma Stone. But it hasn’t connected with audiences. The film has earned just $7.6M in the US, and has not reported any overseas numbers yet.
Next week’s openings include the Thurgood Marshall film “Marshall,” the horror flick “Happy Death Day,” and the Jackie Chan action/revenge movie “The Foreigner.”