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Blade Runner 2049 tops UK box office with impressive opening figure

Blade Runner 2049

Story by Jack Foley

IT may have disappointed at the US box office but Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi stunner Blade Runner 2049 has performed really well with UK audiences to shoot to the top of the box office.

The belated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 film took £6.07m, including Thursday, to perform better than similar adult-orientated blockbusters.

By way of example, Mad Max: Fury Road launched in May 2015 with £4.54m, while Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a prequel of sorts to the Alien franchise, kicked off in June 2012 with £6.24m.

It has also secured leading man Ryan Gosling the second biggest UK opening of his career, behind this year’s La La Land, which debuted in January with £6.60m.

Prior to that, Gosling’s biggest UK hit was Gangster Squad, with £5.25m.

Elsewhere at the UK box office, holdover title Kingsman: The Golden Circle also continued to perform well, adding £2.11m for a 19-day total of £19.46m.

The sequel will soon become the 16th film this year to pass £20m at the UK box office, joining – in order of box office merit – Beauty and the Beast, Dunkirk, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, It, Spider-Man: Homecoming, La La Land, Fast & Furious 8, Sing, The Boss Baby, The Lego Batman Movie, Logan, Fifty Shades Darker, Wonder Woman and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Horror sensation IT came in third, with £807,500 for a UK total of £30,961,497, while Kate Winslet-Idris Elba romantic survival drama The Mountain Between Us slipped in at No.4 with £777,646.

Historical drama Victoria & Abdul, starring Dame Judi Dench, placed fifth with £467,042, while another historical drama, Goodbye Christopher Robin, about the origins of Winnie The Pooh, placed sixth with £397,441.

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