The numbers are in, and they are low. Blade Runner 2049, the 35-years-later sequel to Ridley Scott’s dystopic classic, has kind of bricked it at the box office (so far). The film only brought in an estimated $36.7 million at the box office over what is inarguably the worst holiday weekend of the year. despite being dedicated to a piece of shit. While that's a lot of money, and there's still time, that’s well below the opening weekend projections of $50 million and very, very far off from its $150 million budget.
However, don't let the box office numbers stop you from showing up. The new movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who helmed last year’s critically adored Arrival and also Sicario. It stars everyone’s favorite contemporary leading man Ryan Gosling, once again sporting fire outerwear. And it boasts a supporting appearance from the movie’s original star, Harrison Ford. And, most importantly, all that budget and the talent involved did result in a truly great film.
Blade Runner 2049 is a spectacle. Villeneuve has proven himself to be a director comfortable around stunning visuals, but on this outing he outdoes himself exponentially, designing environments and setpieces a major blockbuster hasn't touched since... Well, since Blade Runner, to be frank. And, more than that, it's shot by the god Roger Deakins, the go-to shooter for the Coen Brothers, Sam Mendes, and, now, Villeneuve. Which is to say: These two did it big, and it's a movie meant to be seen on a big screen. It will never look better than in a theater, so you should take your chance while you've got it.
If you liked the original, which was something of a cult classic before it ballooned into widespread acclaim over the past few decades, then you will love this movie. It’s easily in the top five of the year so far, and it’s more deserving of your $20 than most of the shit that came out recently. With the box office numbers that it's shown so far, there’s no telling how long it’ll stay in theaters, so if you give a fuck about still seeing things on the big screen and not just waiting for Netflix, you absolutely should make every effort to see Blade Runner 2049 as soon as possible—if only to make sure that Hollywood bets on making a big budget film as ambitious as this again. Peep the video above for our take on why.