The critical acclaim puts the new "Blade Runner" in an exceedingly exclusive club, as few sequels have ever managed to upstage their predecessors.
Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi action spectacular, full of big stars, big stunts, and big sets. As such, Alcon Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros.
While "Blade Runner 2049" is always something to look at, an overly elaborate script and some other bad habits common to today's sequel machinery - such as glaring product placement - have broken the "Blade Runner" spell.
The film rolled out in most major markets over the weekend, grossing a strong, but not spectacular, Dollars 50.2 million for a global bow of USD 81.5 million.
In fourth, earning $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.
Coming out of the weekend, however, the film only took in $31.5 million, a major disappointment for the film and its studio Warner Bros.
What happened? Well, while the audience response was strong, moviegoers who bought 2049 tickets tended to skew older, and the film also had an underwhelming turnout outside of major domestic markets.
The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 American romantice survival adventure film directed by Hany Abu-Assad and written by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin. I personally prefer his more alive and loose-limbed L.A. detective from "The Nice Guys", but Gosling's nature plays into the movie. There's also a very strong chance that we'll hear about it a lot come awards season, in much the same way that Mad Max: Fury Road garnered lots of Oscar attention.
"Blade Runner 2049" is screening in Beirut-area cinemas. If not, why not?