Guy Richie is a well noted director within the industry, but even the biggest names sometimes aren’t enough to save the most directionless of movies from Box Office hell. That shows clearly with news that his King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword has bombed heavily on its Box Office debut.
The Medieval fantasy adventure struggled to match expectations, with Variety reporting that the movie made just $14.7 million in its opening weekend within the US. It did manage to scrape $29.1 million in oversea territories, but the $43 million total doesn’t come close to helping the movie break even.
In fairness, King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword was met with wild indifference from critics – with the movie only managing a 27% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. It also doesn’t help that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is storming home in cinemas – stealing focus and likely leading to many overlooking the King Arthur flick.
With a reported $200 million budget (Double that of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie) – King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword reportedly needs to break almost $350 million to break even (after marketing costs). That’s an insane amount to sink into a movie that – quite frankly – no one really cares about. No offence to Guy Richie – his name isn’t nearly big enough to pull in the punters when his body of work consists largely of smaller gangster movies.
Warner Bros has been struggling in recent times with its live-action slate. The Legend of Tarzan missed the mark last year too – indicating that audiences just aren’t interested in seeing these projects. With the DC Cinematic Universe sat on shaky grounds also – it means the Studio has a lot of pondering to do about the movies it’s greenlighting right now.
Did you check out King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword? Was it any good?