Hollywood movie franchises live and die by the sword, and unfortunately for Guy Ritchie’s retelling of the Arthurian legend, it’s the latter.
Box Office Mojo reports that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword grossed $14,700,000 over its opening weekend, which isn’t great considering that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 notched up $63,007,000 this weekend, and that film came out a week ago.
It’s particularly bad news for King Arthur as the $14.7m opening falls significantly short of estimates, which were already set disappointingly low, and made just a fraction of its $175 million budget, Variety reports.
Sandwiched in between Guardians and King Arthur is Snatched, the comedy film starring Amy Schumer and returning screen icon Goldie Hawn, which did $17,500,000 in gross.
It’s been a rocky road for Ritchie’s latest movie, having been first discussed back in 2010, before being announced and re-announced and delayed numerous times.
A cameo appearance by football mega-star David Beckham wasn’t enough to get bums on seats, although the widespread ridiculing of said cameo probably did more harm than good (although he really wasn’t that bad).
Warner Bros had previously stated that they wanted to make a six-film series about the mythical King and all his Knights of the Round Table, but the disappointing opening weekend and mixed critical reception might have placed the sword firmly back in the stone.
Rounding out the rest of the top five are The Fate of the Furious (aka The Fast and the Furious 8) and The Boss Baby, with $5,301,160 and $4,600,000 in box office gross, respectively.
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