The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to the 1982 cult classic has tanked at the box-office at the weekend taking just $31.5M from 4,058 screens off a production budget of $150M.
The movie takes place 30-years after the original where a young blade runner’s (Ryan Gosling) discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who’s been missing since the events of the last movie.
The movie made a solid start taking in $12.7 million on Friday, including $4 million from Thursday previews on the back of overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.
However after much hype and a big marketing campaign the turnout wasn’t as good as expected with Saturday takings falling 11 percent to $11.4 million.
The movie is Ryan Gosling’s first wide-release since “La La Land” who along with co-star Harrison Ford has appeared on numerous shows in recent weeks promoting the movie.
Alient: Covenant also had a similar start having tanked after a solid opening weekend.
The original Blade Runner initially underperformed in North American theaters, and polarized critics; some praised its thematic complexity and visuals, while others were displeased with its unconventional pacing and plot.