UPDATE: 'Blade Runner 2049' already looks like a hit
By Trey Williams, MarketWatch
The original 1982 'Blade Runner' grossed $32.9 million in theaters, or $93.4 million adjusted for inflation
"Blade Runner 2049" is less than a week away from hitting theaters and is already being heralded as a masterpiece and outperforming on sales.
Advance ticket sales for the film 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.
Time Warner Inc.-owned (TWX) Warner Bros. lifted the review embargo for "Blade Runner 2049" earlier than originally planned and the response from critics has been strong. The film has a 97% rating, from 37 contributors on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
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"Fandango is seeing strong ticket sales for 'Blade Runner 2049' as the film continues to attract great buzz," Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. "I personally think '2049' is a sci-fi masterpiece; it's the kind of visually mind-blowing, deep-cut genre filmmaking that we rarely see these days and it demands to be seen on the big screen."