Box-Office Failure: ‘King Arthur’ Could Lose $150M After Bombing Worldwide, Warners Desperate For ‘Wonder Woman’ Win

Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur
It seems like a headline for Paramount or Sony Pictures, not Warners.  But it is a total disaster over at the studio in the Valley.  It appears that  anxious executives at Warner Bros. were hopeful that director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword would open to at least $25 million in North America and overperform overseas, where historical action epics can often conquer audiences.

It wasn’t to be. The dark origins tale about the mythical medieval king fell on its sword at the box office over Mother’s Day weekend, earning just $15.4 million domestically — slightly ahead of Sunday’s $14.7 million estimate — and a dismal $29.1 million from its first 51 foreign markets, including bombing in China with $5 million. While the event film has yet to land in other major territories, including the U.K., the forecast is grim.


King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam in the titular role, could lose $150 million or more for partners Warners and Village Roadshow after costing $175 million to make before a major marketing spend, according to box-office experts who say the movie isn’t likely to earn more than $145 million globally (studios only get half back in box-office receipts in the U.S, and even less overseas)

The coming weeks will be crucial for Warners’ marketing and production team as it launches summer tentpole Wonder Woman on June 2 and Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-epic Dunkirk on July 21.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Warner Bros.
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