'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' tops the box office as 'King Arthur' bombs
It was a big swing and a miss for Guy Ritchie this weekend, as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword tanked to the tune of $14.7 million against a $175 million budget. The film was supposed to kick off an Arthurian legend-themed franchise, but unless it does extremely—unnaturally, freakishly, impossibly—well overseas, you can kiss any chances for a sequel goodbye. So far Legend of the Sword has earned only $29.1 million in international markets, with release forthcoming in France, South Korea, the UK and Australia.
This marks the second flop in a row for Ritchie, whose The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fell victim to end-of-summer fatigue in 2015. Still, U.N.C.L.E. cost $100 million less than Legend of the Sword, so its $109.8 million worldwide haul likely won’t prove as much of a black mark as whatever figure Legend caps out at. (On top of that, U.N.C.L.E. found an audience on VOD, gaining enough popularity that a sequel is now reportedly in the works.)
Legend of the Sword’s failure left room for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (weekend gross $63 million, total gross $246.1 million) to hold onto the top of the box office for its second consecutive weekend. So far, the superhero sequel has pulled in $630.5 million worldwide.
In second place, pulling ahead of Legend of the Sword with $17.5 million, was the R-rated comedy Snatched. The mother-daughter comedy performed just about to expectations, though its B CinemaScore indicates limited hold over the coming weeks.
Rounding out the top five, we have The Fate of the Furious (weekend gross $5.3, total gross $215 million) and The Boss Baby (weekend gross $4.6 million, total gross $162.3 million).
The weekend’s highest per-theatre average belonged to Eleanor Coppola’s Paris Can Wait, which opened to $25,456 on four screens. Also new in limited release was BH Tilt’s Lowriders, which managed to snag a position in the top ten with $2.4 million on 295 screens. Doug Liman's The Wall, with its $891,509 gross on 541 screens, was far less successful. But hey, even The Wall is no Dead Awake, which opened to $6,000 on 12 theatres for a mere $500 per-theatre average.
Manifesto and The Last Shaman opened in one theatre apiece, earning $10,500 and $7,040 respectively.