‘King Arthur’ flops at box of­fice as Guardians 2 stays on top

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment -

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 8th 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. Fi­nal do­mes­tic fig­ures will be re­leased Mon­day.

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” $63 mil­lion.

2.“Snatched,” $17.5 mil­lion.

3.“King Arthur: Leg­end of the Sword,” $14.7 mil­lion.

4.“The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous,” $5.3 mil­lion.“

5.“The Boss Baby,” $4.6 mil­lion.

6.“Beauty and the Beast,” $3.9 mil­lion.

7.“How to be a Latin Lover,” $3.8 mil­lion.

8.“Lowrid­ers,” $2.4 mil­lion.

9.“The Cir­cle,” $1.7 mil­lion.

10.“MET Opera: Der Rosenkava­lier (2017),” $1.7 mil­lion.

AP PHOTO

This im­age re­leased by Warner Bros. Pic­tures shows Char­lie Hun­nam in a scene from, “King Arthur: Leg­end of the Sword.”

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