Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 wins over critics, loses at the box office
Big budget sequel hasn't even dented the top 10 highest-grossing films in Quebec
Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's latest project, Blade Runner 2049, was well-received by critics, but the movie isn't breaking any box office records even in his home province.
Ticket sales maxed out at $3.1 million in Quebec, more than a month after its red carpet release, according to data compiled by Cinéac, a cinema agency.
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The number one film in Quebec so far this year is Beauty and the Beast, which grossed more than $6.7 million at the box office.
The next two most popular films were Québécois-produced, with De père en flic 2 raking in $6.6 million and Bon cop, bad cop 2 bringing in $5.6 million.
Currently Blade Runner 2049 finds itself squarely in 12th position of highest-grossing films in Quebec this year.
Internationally, the box office's sales are lower than expected with Forbes putting the film's worldwide numbers at around $240 million.
The movie's opening weekend brought in a weak $31.5 million US, a disappointment for a film that took $150 million to make. The production company had targeted closer to a $50 million opening.
Original was box-office disappointment
Even though the highly-touted sequel didn't bring in as many sales, Villeneuve has said this is his best work yet.
Reviewers and audiences alike both offered positive feedback for the film, earning it an A- on Cinema Score and 88 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
But the audience was overwhelmingly made of men (71 per cent) and over the age of 25 (86 per cent).
The movie, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, had trouble pulling in a wide range of moviegoers beyond fans of the 1982 original.
The original film, too, was a box-office disappointment. Though a cult following would gradually emerge, Blade Runner in 1982 debuted with $6.2 million — or about $16 million in 2017 dollars
With files from Radio-Canada and the Associated Press