Blade Runner 2049 did fare better worldwide however, making an additional $50m.
Warner Bros.is handling domestic distribution on "Blade Runner 2049" through its output deal with Alcon Entertainment.
This is mostly down to the exquisite work of Vangelis, who only a year earlier had turned the film-scoring world on its head with the seriously synth-heavy Chariots of Fire score.
"Blade Runner 2049" may repeat as a weekend victor against two new films opening in wide release this weekend - STXfilms' Jackie Chan action-drama "The Foreigner" and Universal-Blumhouse's horror entry "Happy Death Day". "It's a tough one, because Denis made a lovely movie", Warners domestic distribution chief Jeff Goldstein said. All that changed, of course, after money-hungry Hollywood producers started to realize that even the worst sequels to successful movies could still make them boatloads of money.
Tracking estimates initially projected the Denis Villeneuve directed sci-fi film to be on par with debut earnings of 2015's "Mad Max: Fury Road", which raked in $45 million, The Wrap noted.
"We did well in the major and high-profile markets", he added. "The audience for it was narrower than we anticipated".
Made on a budget of $150m, typically studios spend roughly $100 million again on marketing, meaning to be profitable Blade Runner 2049 needs around $250m. Like CoF, Blade Runner is often remembered for its electronic soundtrack, which perfectly draws the viewer further into the dystopian world created by director Ridley Scott.
With all these theatrical releases, the action film Kingsman: the golden circle has fallen from first to fifth place with revenue of $ 8.7 million in three days and 80 million dollars in three weeks.