'Blade Runner 2049' receiving rave reviews and outselling past hits 'The Martian' and 'Gravity'
Advance ticket sales for "Blade Runner 2049" are significantly outselling those of "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian" and "Gravity" for the same one-week period before their releases, according to movie ticket retailer Fandango. Distributed by Time Warner Inc.-owned (TWX) Warner Bros., "Blade Runner 2049" has gotten rave reviews, garnering a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, a sequel to Ridley Scott's seminal 1982 film "Blade Runner," was also voted by Fandango moviegoers as one of the top three most-anticipated films of the fall, along with "Justice League" and Walt Disney Co's (DIS) "Thor: Ragnarok." "Blade Runner 2049's" advance ticket sales indicate moviegoers are excited for the film and position it for a strong showing at the box office. "Gravity" raked in $723.2 million in worldwide box office sales, along with seven Oscars, in 2013, "The Martian" earned $630.1 million in 2015 and "Mad Max: Fury Road" earned $378.9 million the same year, while nabbing six Oscars. The original "Blade Runner" grossed $32.9 million in box office sales in 1982, or $93.4 million when adjusted for inflation. Time Warner shares have gained nearly 6% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 index is up more than 12% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 13%.
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