Although the audiences who did turn up for Blade Runner 2049 were blown away by it, the fact remains that the film vastly underperformed at the box office and was - sadly - a box office failure.
Against a production budget of $150 million and who-knows for marketing, Blade Runner only managed to secure $259 million worldwide and was dubbed by one producer as "the most expensive art house movie in cinema history," according to director Denis Villeneuve in a new interview with the Telegraph.
On the topic of revisiting the film's scale and tentpole budget however, Villeneuve didn't seem terribly hopeful. "“Let’s just say it would not be a good idea for me to make a movie like that twice... When you’re working on a film you’re in a bubble, and it was only when I came out that I realized we had made a monster. I won’t do it again."
It's a shame, because for all the problems with trying to get it in front of audiences and a dire marketing strategy for it, Blade Runner 2049 had a lot to offer. It's just a shame that something as thoughtful and original - even if it is a sequel - just doesn't go over with a lot of audiences anymore.
Then again, let's not forget that Arrival was made for $102 million LESS than Blade Runner 2049 and it managed to take in $203 million worldwide - so it's not all bad, in fairness.