Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks pose during a photocall to promote Blade Runner 2049 at a hotel in central London, Britain, September 2017. — Reuters picHarrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks pose during a photocall to promote Blade Runner 2049 at a hotel in central London, Britain, September 2017. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Oct 10 — Long-awaited sequel Blade Runner: 2049 snatched the box office top spot this weekend — three and a half decades since Blade Runner hit the big screen in 1982, industry figures showed yesterday.

But with takings of US$32.8 million (RM138.81 million) in North American theaters, the sci-fi reboot — featuring original star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling — didn’t enjoy the sensational opening its rave reviews suggested it might.

Blade Runner: 2049 sees Gosling as a new Los Angeles Police Department “blade runner” — charged with killing bioengineered androids known as “replicants”.

On uncovering a secret which threatens society, he embarks on a search for Harrison Ford’s character, a former blade runner who disappeared 30 years ago.

Despite a disappointing first weekend, Blade Runner did not face much competition for the top spot — with Fox’s The Mountain Between Us in second place, earning just US$10.6 million, according to industry monitor Exhibitor Relations.

Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Mountain Between Us tells the story of a surgeon (Elba) and a journalist (Winslet), who fall in love as they fight to survive following a plane crash on a snowy Utah mountain range.

Meanwhile, with takings dropping from last week’s US$16.9 million to US$10 million, freaky horror hit It — based on the Stephen King novel — settled for third place in its fifth week in theaters. 

In fourth, earning US$8.9 million, was Lionsgate animation My Little Pony: The Movie — featuring star-studded voiceovers from the likes of Emily Blunt and Australian singer Sia.

But it was a fall from grace for espionage comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which — having taken the crown last week — dropped to fifth place with earnings of US$8.7 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

American Made (US$8.4 million)

The Lego Ninjago Movie (US$7 million)

Victoria and Abdul (US$4.2 million)

Flatliners (US$4 million)

Battle of the Sexes (US$2.6 million). — AFP



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