“King Arthur” Set For A Disastrous Opening

Guy Ritchie’s big-budget “King Arthur” film is faring even worse than expected, the $175 million fantasy film scored just over $5 million on opening day and is headed towards a disastrous opening weekend in the range of about $18 million.

The film is fighting it out for second place at the weekend box-office with the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn-led comedy “Snatched” which is expected to score around $17 million. As it cost a much cheaper $42 million, its opening is fairly good.

Both will be far behind Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which looks to be headed towards adding a further $60 million domestically to its coffers. The film’s global total currently stands at $525 million.

Reviews for “King Arthur” are similarly terrible with 27% (4.6/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41/100 on Metacritic. Blame for the film’s failure is being put on a case of both lack of interest in the IP (just like here was with Antoine Fuqua’s “King Arthur” a decade ago), and ‘too many cooks’ with the movie having a long and troubled production history which saw it undergo numerous revisions to the point that it moved far away from its original intentions.

Talk of a potential six-film saga also seems to have dried up. A full breakdown of the history of the project is up at Deadline.