'King Arthur' flops, 'Guardians 2' still rules at box office

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Goldie Hawn, right, and Amy Schumer in a scene from "Snatched."
Image Credit: (Justina Mintz/20th Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES - The first major box office flop of the summer movie season has arrived.

Studio estimates on Sunday say director Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" opened to a bleak $14.7 million from more than 3,700 locations against a costly $175 million production budget.

The gritty reimaging of the Excalibur myth starring Charlie Hunnam as Arthur debuted in third place behind box office leader "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Snatched" at No. 2.

Warner Bros. was unsurprisingly disappointed at the poor showing for "King Arthur" but hopeful for the rest of its summer slate, including "Wonder Woman" and Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk."

"Snatched" surprised analysts by beating "King Arthur" on the charts. The raunchy, R-rated Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy from 20th Century Fox opened with $17.5 million.

Marvel and Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" collected $63 million and has earned $246.2 million domestically in just two weeks.

It was down just 57 per cent from last weekend and is proving to be the only film in theatres capable of drawing mass audiences.

Rounding out the top five were holdovers "The Fate of the Furious," with $5.3 million, and "The Boss Baby" with $4.6 million.

"The newcomers definitely had a tough time ... For most general audiences, 'Guardians' remains the go-to movie," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. "It has incredible staying power."

Neither "King Arthur" nor "Snatched" were well-received by critics, and audiences weren't all that enchanted either, giving "King Arthur" a B+ CinemaScore and "Snatched" a B.

"Snatched" also lagged behind Schumer's "Trainwreck," which opened to $30.6 million in July 2015.

Dergarabedian, however, noted that the success of "Trainwreck" was more of an anomaly than a precedent and echoed the studio in categorizing "Snatched" as a solid start for the film that cost $42 million to make.

There was a clear gender divide, too, between the two major new releases this weekend. "Snatched" audiences were heavily female — an estimated 77 per cent according to Fox — while 59 per cent of the audience for "King Arthur" was male.

Results were mixed for the newcomers with more limited releases.

The sniper drama "The Wall" starring WWE fighter John Cena as an American soldier, took in a tepid $891,590 from 541 locations. Better off was BH Tilt's East Los Angeles car culture drama "Lowriders," with Eva Longoria and Demian Bichir, which opened in only 295 theatres and still managed to take eighth place on the charts with $2.4 million. The studio said audiences were primarily Hispanic.

Next weekend Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" will aim to scare "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" out of first place.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $63 million ($52.2 million international).

2."Snatched," $17.5 million ($3.2 million international).

3."King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," $14.7 million ($29.1 million international).

4."The Fate of the Furious," $5.3 million ($13.6 million international).

5."The Boss Baby," $4.6 million ($8.7 million international).

6."Beauty and the Beast," $3.9 million ($7.5 million international).

7."How to be a Latin Lover," $3.8 million ($3.7 million international).

8."Lowriders," $2.4 million.

9."The Circle," $1.7 million ($810,000 international).

10."MET Opera: Der Rosenkavalier (2017)," $1.7 million ($1.5 million international).

___

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $52.2 million.

2. "Alien: Covenant," $42 million.

3. "Dangal," $31.5 million.

4. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," $29.1 million.

5. "Baahubali: The Conclusion," $15.5 million.

6. "The Fate of the Furious," $13.6 million.

7. "The Boss Baby," $8.7 million.

8. "Beauty and the Beast," $7.5 million.

9. "Get Out," $6.2 million.

10. "Dealer Healer," $4.3 million.


becky-mann
MANN: November is a great month, really it is
  OPINION November can be an underrated month. Generally, when I ask someone what their favourite month is, November is rarely the answer — unless they have a birthday in November. Why? The seaso

Top News