Early box office projections suggest that Blade Runner 2049 will pull ahead of Arrival to become director Denis Villeneuve’s biggest movie opening yet. In the annals of sci-fi history, there are few films as revered or influential as director Ridley Scott’s original 1982 classic Blade Runner. As beloved as Blade Runner tends to be though, it can be easy to forget that the film was not a box office success and earned a mere $33 million in theaters. With a reported production budget of $28 million, that qualifies Blade Runner as a full-on box office bomb.

Still, the multiple video releases and other merchandising opportunities presented by ...

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