Despite strong advance ticket sales and glowing reviews from many critics, the movie made $12.7m on Thursday night and Friday, $11.4m on Saturday and a projected $7.4m on Sunday from just over 4,000 cinemas.
French-Canadian director Villeneuve attempted to make a faithful sequel using impressive special effects and superb actors in Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, but the rave reviews just haven't been enough to secure the dystopian movie a top spot at the box office.
"Blade Runner 2049" is heading for a downbeat $31.5 million opening weekend at 4,058 sites in North America. By comparison, Stephen King horror remake IT, which had a budget of $35 million, has brought in over $300 million at the box office so far.
According to PostTrack, males over 25 represented 50% of the audience and females over 25 were 27%, while males under 25 represented 15% of moviegoers and females under 25 were 8%. Those who did see the movie at least had positive thoughts, giving it an A- CinemaScore.
Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein said "Blade Runner 2049" had fallen short of expectations in mid-sized and smaller markets along with the South and Midwest, where the running time and Major League Baseball playoffs appeared to have held down attendance.
In a televised debate Sunday among leaders of major political parties, Abe said North Korea had failed to deliver on past promises to give up its pursuit of nuclear technology made during "six-party" talks with Japan, China, the U.S., Russian Federation and South Korea. "Alcon and Denis [Villeneuve, the director] made an incredible movie".
New release "My Little Pony" earned $3.0 million for third place, while "It" took fourth with $2.7 million.
The Chinese comedy Never Say Die took $66m globally to top the global box office, pushing Kingsman: The Golden Circle into second place.