Deadline predicts 2049 to gross $100 million worldwide this weekend, but since it was outrageously expensive, it’s going to need to gross at least $150 to cover the production costs, so it’s going to need strong word of mouth. I’m a little worried about the film’s potential legs. At the end of my screening, I heard quite a few people complain about the lack of a satisfactory resolution. The reaction wasn’t nearly as harsh as my recent Mother screening, where the first walk out occurred after 20 minutes, but still Alcon’s not really in the position to have another flop (after Transcendence and Point Break).
Vulture had a great article concerning the negative reaction to “misleading auteurism” in Hollywood. Basically, movies where auteur films are marketed as straight-ahead genre pictures, which superficially appear like any other multiplex film, but don’t meet the expectations of audiences who bought a ticket for something that satisfies genre expectations, rather than works that embrace unconventional or subversive approaches. That’s not to suggest there’s any risk of 2049 receiving an F on Cinemascore, because it’s a very strong film, but it was apparent at my screening, some viewers left the theater disappointed they didn’t get what the trailers promised: a sexy, action-packed, sci-fi, spectacle.