Blade Runner 2049 is tracking to bring in around $100 million internationally in its opening weekend.
When Ridley Scott's Blade Runner arrived in theaters in 1982, the film underperformed, grossing a mere $6.1 million its opening weekend. The movie, which later achieved cult status, went on to earn $33.8 million against a budget of $28 million. Thirty-five years later, it seems that history won't repeat itself. According to Deadline, the sequel is set to earn approximately $45 million domestically, and more than double that sum when international box office numbers are factored in.
Critical response to the sequel has been positive so far, with the sequel holding strong at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing. CBR praised the film in our review, saying, "Among fans of artful, eye-popping and heady science fiction, no one will be dreaming of electric sheep as this one is playing on the big screen."
At $100 million, Blade Runner 2049 will be the biggest box office opening for both actor Ryan Gosling and director Denis Villeneuve, the latter of whom helmed last year's Academy Award-nominated Arrival. Villeneuve made the sequel on a budget of $185 million.
Blade Runner 2049's official synopsis reads:
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) from a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Mackenzie Davis and Sylvia Hoeks. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the film arrives in theaters on Oct. 6.