There’s little good news for Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword” in its opening weekend, with the big-budget epic proving to be a box office bomb.
As Associated Press reports, the Charlie Hunnam-starring flick brought in a measly $14.7 million at the North American box office, opening in 3,700 theatres. Considering how far off that is from the film’s budget — a reported $175 million — this can’t be seen as anything other than a full-fledged disaster for the film’s studio, Warner Bros.
With “Arthur” crawling to a third-place finish in the weekend box office, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues to dominate, racking up another $63 million for a domestic total of $246.2 million at the end of its second week of release.
Coming in at a surprisingly strong second is “Snatched”, with the raunchy Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn comedy earning a domestic take of $17.5 million in its opening weekend, seen as a solid opening for an R-rated comedy with a budget of just $42 million.
“The newcomers definitely had a tough time … For most general audiences, ‘Guardians’ remains the go-to movie,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “It has incredible staying power.”
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is hopeful that its upcoming slate of summertime flicks will fare better, with future offerings including Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” and the Christopher Nolan-directed “Dunkirk”.