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

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.

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.”

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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