Zimmer, Wallfisch No. 1 at the Box Office with ‘Blade Runner 2040’

Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch with image of Harrison Ford

Composers Hans Zimmer (left) and Benjamin Wallfisch outflank Blade Runner 2049 star Harrison Ford.

Warner Bros.’ sci-fi reboot Blade Runner 2049 puts Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Walfisch at the top of the North American box office this weekend, as expected. The film earned $31.525 million in the three-day frame, surpassing the total gross of $27.58 million the original film made in its 1982 debut. The original score by Greek composer Vangelis was a game-changer, and Zimmer and Wallfisch said their intent was to honor the original.

The film has garnered great reviews, audience raves (with a solid 4 out of 5 stars in our PostTrak audience survey) with the combination of producer Ridley Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, the two composers and of course stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford making this sequel an “event,” according to ComScore’s senior box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.  In IMAX the film earned $5.0 million for a per theater average of $12,987 and 16% of the total market share.

Wallfisch also scored the No. 3 film, It. The Stephen King clown creepfest added $9.655 million in its fifth weekend.  According to Warner Bros. with an estimated gross of $19.8 million 7,020 screens in 64 international markets this weekend, the running cume is now $298.8 million, bringing the worldwide tally to an outstanding $603.7 million and making It the highest grossing horror film internationally, Dergarabedian said.

Fox’s The Mountain Between Us, with a score by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, was No. 2, hauling off a tidy $10.1 million in its debut. Two strangers stranded after a plane crash must work together to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness. The film is directed by Hany Abu-Assad and also stars Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney.

Lionsgate’s animated My Little Pony: The Movie took in $8.8 million in its debut as it offered a great option for families and kids who have been offered mostly R and PG-13 rated entertainment in this post-summer movie-going period. The film features a terrific voice cast including Liev Schreiber, Michael Pena, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye Diggs and Zoe Saldana. According to Lionsgate, the film rode to an estimated $3.8M from 49 markets for its initial international rollout.

Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle in its third weekend earns $8.1 million, and has earned an $79.964 million after 17 days at the multiplex. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, the R-rated spy extravaganza features unique storytelling and features a series of hyper kinetic action sequences courtesy of visionary director Matthew Vaughn.

Universal’s American Made starring Tom Cruise flew away with another $8.073 in its second weekend and $30.445 million through Sunday after 10 days in theaters. The real-life story of TWA pilot turned drug runner and arms smuggler Barry Seal is directed by Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman and co-stars Domhnall Gleeson. According to Universal, “American Made” will gross an estimated $1.8M in 58 territories this weekend and raise the international total to $68.1M. Combined with the U.S. and Canada total of $30.4M, the worldwide total is $98.5M.


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