Box Office: ‘Guardians 2’ Repeats No. 1, ‘King Arthur’ Is Summer’s First Big Flop

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2continued its box office reign this weekend, while “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is the summer season’s first major flop.

Disney and Marvel’s super hero sequel followed up its $145 million opening weekend domestically with an additional $63 million from 4,347 locations. That’s a 57% drop, which is in line with expectations, and stronger than some other Marvel Cinematic Universe sequels, including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The film’s domestic total is now just shy of $250 million.

“King Arthur,” meanwhile, may just want to put that sword back where he found it and pretend this never happened. The release from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow made only $14.7 million from 3,702 locations — a paltry sum considering its $175 million production budget.

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The mythical epic starring Charlie Hunnam in the titular role was critically drubbed (it currently has a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes), but has a relatively high B+ CinemaScore. Director Guy Ritchie had success with a similar re-imagining of longstanding franchise with 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel “A Game of Shadows,” which both grossed over $500 million worldwide. More recently, though, his spin on “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” saw a disappointing take ($110 million globally) despite achieving a bit of a cult and critical following.

This weekend’s other major release is neither a box office heavyweight like “Guardians” nor a bust like “Arthur.” Fox’s “Snatched,” starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a mother and daughter pair, grabbed $17.5 million from 3,501 theaters, landing it in second overall. The Mother’s Day release has been less than adored by critics (from whom it has collectively earned a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences have earned it a more positive B CinemaScore. The mid-budget, R-rated comedy was produced by Chernin Entertainment and Feigco Entertainment.

“With no new comedies coming up for really quite some time, we’re feeling really good,” Fox’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said about the film, which marks Hawn’s first film appearance in 15 years. “I think the dynamic pairing of Amy and Goldie, and having Goldie’s return to the big screen is a good thing. The pairing of those two is pretty inspired.”

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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” and Fox’s “Boss Baby” round out the top five. The former tacked on an additional $5.3 million from 3,067 locations this weekend, raising its domestic total to $215 million. The latter earned $4.6 million from 2,911 locations for a grand total of $162.7 million after seven frames.

One limited release managed to break into the top ten as Blumhouse’s Tilt label put out “Lowriders” in 295 locations. The film, toplined by Demian Bichir, Gabriel Chavarria, Theo Rossi, and Eva Longoria over-performed with $2.4 million, putting it in the eighth slot overall. John Hegeman, who runs Tilt, said the film’s success was a combination of connecting with the intended audience, having strong partners including Brian Grazer and Telemundo, and being incredibly specific about targeting theaters.

“We’re going to continue to be as efficient as we can be in locking down specific films with specific audiences, and not worry necessarily whether it’s on 1,500 screens or, in this case, 295,” Hegeman said.

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  1. Jubie says:

    Schumer & Hawn’s movie “Snatched” was LOL funny. The very first funny line had the audience roaring. Is it a silly story? Yes. But isn’t that what comedy is all about -silliness? Schumer & Hawn made it so enjoyable, our Midwestern audience was rolling in the aisles. Schumer’s level of humor is injected throughout, and it’s quick, wry, droll. If you blink, you’ll miss some gems. Loved it, and the reason it didn’t do better was because the critics panned it. Well guess what? They don’t know anything. LOVED IT.

  2. pickles says:

    I will watch King Author on dvd. I still love the story.

  3. adam says:

    This should have been a cable tv mini-series and NOT a wide theatrical release. The current day mainstream audience doesn’t care about the Arthurian legends no matter how much you try to make it “modernized”. Anyone remember the King Arthur movie by Fuqua in 2004? Probably not.

  4. Richard M. says:

    Mean-spirited movie critics are destroying the film industry.

    • adam says:

      Critics don’t destroy the box office prospects of new films. Bad word of mouth among every day people does.

    • SY says:

      Gee, I thought nobody paid attention to critics anymore? Now they’re destroying the industry. Will you film geeks make up your mind?

      • jedi77 says:

        Well said. Sick and tired of this critics don’t matter/critics ruined this film crap.
        They just can’t make up their minds, damn trolls.

  5. Guenevere says:

    I think an actor like Travis Fimmel would have brought more depth to this role. He has shown great sword skills in roles like Ragnar ” The Vikings” and Anduin “War Craft”, and the ability to pull off that kind of continuous action battle scene with a superhero kinda flare.

  6. Optimist says:

    Haters gonna Hate ….. over time and international releasing bet this feature will fare much better than ‘EFFING’ Variety is predicting ….. I’d be kinder toward the trade icon, but this is the same irresponsible rag that can’t help putting that buffoon in the White House above it’s fold every opportunity it gets …. pandering away in search of clicks & page views …… I used to care about Variety’s POV, not anymore

    • Ian says:

      That seems to be the case. Other big films which didn’t do well at the box office seem to make some money on VOD or rental, like the Lone Ranger, John Carter, or Pacific Rim. Not sure if those sources of income are enough to make up for the losses though.

  7. Felix says:

    Arthur was freaking enjoyable. But it can’t really compete with the Guardians draw. I wouldn’t blame any of this on the acting, directing, or writing. It’d be irresponsible to do so.

    • Ian says:

      The trailer actually looked more fun than expected! And I’ve enjoyed the kinetic direction of Guy Ritchie. It was the premise that held no interest for me personally, and none of my friends even considered going to watch a film about King Arthur. I might enjoy watching Game of Thrones (I think King Arthur was trying to capitalise on its fandom), but for me it was the politics and intrigue that kept my attention.

      Ritchie’s previous film, Man from UNCLE, was a fun stylish ride though!

  8. John says:

    The biggest irony here is that “Snatched”, produced by Chernin Entertainment, is also producing “The Mountain Between Us”; the project Charlie Hunnam signed on but later backed out of. Karma has a strange way of getting back to people. This will also make Charlie think twice about the bridge he burned with Universal and Donna Langley when he backed out of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. You’re only allowed so many chances in this business.

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