Blade Runner 2049 falls short during opening weekend

Sony 3D Creator lets you virtually star in Blade Runner 2049
       By Ida Torres

Director Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 opened to $31.5 million in its first weekend in North America. The original soundtrack still manages to make the hairs on the back of our necks stand on end.

The remake of the Stephen King killer clown thriller It has now taken $305m in the United States, and nearly as much internationally, to top the $600m mark globally, making it the most successful horror film.

What's worth bearing in mind is that the original Blade Runner actually didn't do well at all at the box office, making a paltry $28 million in the US.

The film features a solid cast including Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto and "some of the most intricate and expensive production design and cinematography in recent memory", Collider noted, adding that "every image feels like a painting, and the sound design and score are similarly best enjoyed in a theatrical experience". "The audience for it was narrower than we anticipated".

Blade Runner 2049 is ahead of another new entrant in the rankings: The mountain between us, from Hany Abu-Assad, in which two strangers - Kate Winslet and Idris Elba - are trying to get out after the crash of their small plane in the middle of a chain of snow-capped mountains, with little hope of being rescued.

The fifth weekend of New Line's blockbuster "It" showed plenty of staying power in 3rd place with $9.6 million at 3,197 sites.

Lionsgate's animated "My Little Pony" trotted in 4th with a modest $8.9 million at 2,528 locations, slightly above forecasts. It will close the weekend with $305 million domestically plus $298.8 million internationally to top the $600 million worldwide mark.

Globally, the film took $50.2m and claimed the number one spot in 45 of its 63 markets, Screen Daily reported.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made are duking it out to complete the top five, both on around $8.1 million.