Guardians Flies, Arthur Sinks Like a Stone

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Summer starts early in Hollywood—the first week of May, generally. That’s when movie studios start pushing what they hope to be their biggest, best, most lucrative productions, when theaters are saturated with superheroes, Transformers and pirates.

But not every summertime flick succeeds. The season is just two weeks old, but it looks like we’ve already seen our first summertime flop.

Admittedly, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may yet be the stuff of legend: a legendary bomb, that is. While the book is a long way from closing on Director Guy Ritchie’s, um, unique take on Britain’s legendary monarch, things don’t look particularly promising. The once and future king earned an estimated $14.7 million in its first three days, which seems barely enough to pay the catering bill. That’s not good, but it’s even worse when you consider that Warner Bros. spent an estimated $175 million making the thing—the first of what was supposed to at least a six-film franchise. In other words, the knights of the round table were roundly trounced. Camelot turned into Camelittle. And for this fledgling franchise, Avalon now beckons.

Perhaps the folks over at Warner Bros. are shaking their collective fists at Disney, shouting, “Your father smelt of elderberries!” in a bad French accent. But insults will not alter the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the film that kicked off the summer season, again collected more money than any other flick in the North American universe. It banked an estimated $63 million to claim the box-office crown for the second straight week. And with $246.2 million in its overall coffers, it’s already the year’s second biggest film (in North America), trailing fellow Disney flick Beauty and the Beast by … well, quite a bit, actually. Beauty’s earned $493.2 million, so it doesn’t look as if its reign is in any immediate peril.

Guardians spoiled the debut of another newcomer, as well. Comedian Amy Schumer’s R-rated comedy Snatched only, um, snatched $17.5 million during its opening weekend. That’s not as bad as King Arthur, of course, but it was still only good for a distant second-place finish.

The Fate of the Furious finished fourth with $5.3 million in funds. And The Boss Baby—a movie so old by Hollywood standards that the titular kid should be cashing Social Security checks by now—closes out the Top Five with $4.6 million.

Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 be able to win the box office for the third straight week? Maybe. But another bevy of aliens may have something to say about that.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Ugh. Why does Warner Bros keep wasting their money on making movies that nobody wants to see? First and unnecessary Peter Pan prequel, then an unnecessary Tarzan reboot, and now an unnecessary King Authur movie.

Seriously, Warner Bros have the potential to rival the kind of money that Disney makes. Whereas Disney has Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, WB has DC, Lego and Harry Potter. How is it that a studio with all of these properties not realize the potential that they have, especially the DC superhero ones?
Inkfeather1 . 8 months ago
I honestly can't remember the last time I ever saw a good Warner Brothers movie. I didn't even like Harry Potter because I read the books first and the movies just left me disappointed.
Julienne Dy 8 months ago
The only DC movie that I saw was Batman vs. Superman, which I found dark, pretentious, somewhat psychotic, and rather dumb.  

I saw The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie though, and they were both AWESOME.  Okay, that one adult joke in The LEGO Batman Movie was a bit much, but it wasn't anything I couldn't filter out.  Warner Bros is working on a movie version of LEGO Ninjago, which doesn't look too bad despite egregious deviations from the TV series.  

I stopped watching and reading Harry Potter after Prisoner of Azkaban.  The series just got way too dark for me after that one.  (I don't like dark things.  Don't judge me.)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

You're definitely right about the Lego movies! That is the one franchise that Warner Bros have so far done a great job with. And Ninjago does look like a lot of fun, even though it will (probably) never be as great as the TV series.

And there's nothing wrong with disliking dark movies. Movies are meant for entertainment, not for feeling depressed. Although if you really want to see a really fun, great DC Comics movie, I highly recommend the Richard Donner Superman films, especially the second one, one of my all time favorite movies.