Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had another great weekend at the box office in 1st place while Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword bombed in 3rd.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made $65.3 million for a very easy second consecutive weekend on top, losing 55.5% compared to its opening. That’s just about even with the 55.3% drop of Guardians of the Galaxy and an improvement over the last two May MCU releases, Avengers: Age of Ultron (-59.4%) and Captain America: Civil War (-59.5%). After 11 days in US theaters Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is sitting at $253.1 million, running $71.2 million ahead of the first Guardians but still $47.6 million behind Captain America: Civil War. An eventual final total north of $400 million is still up in the air for Vol. 2, but this weekend definitely got the sequel closer to that goal.
Amy Schumer’s next comedy, Snatched, played more or less in line with expectation (albeit pretty modest ones considering the film’s critical reception) grabbing $19.5 million in 2nd. For her that’s a good deal less than Trainwreck‘s $30.1 million start only two years ago. That R-rated comedy finished with $110.2 million in the US on a $35 million budget while this one might stop around $60-70 million despite costing more, $42 million.
The $175 million Guy Ritchie directed King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opened in 3rd with just $15.4 million. There’s really no way to spin it, Warner will take a very big hit on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. And it’s not like this new version of the story is making the difference up internationally, not even close, only $46.2 million worldwide so far. It might even be a bigger bomb than Jupiter Ascending was two years ago for the studio. So what the hell happened here? Let’s call it a perfect storm of bad, 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, uninspired trailers, a stupidly high budget for something that was never going to have enough mainstream appeal and so on. You could say the writing was all over the wall, maybe Warner Bros. couldn’t see it or just plain ignored the signs.
The Fate of the Furious lost 37%, dropping from 2nd to 4th with $5.4 million. In 32 days the 8th Fast and Furious film made $215.4 million. Through the same point Fate is running $13.8 million behind part 6 and $116.2 million behind Furious 7. That means right now it looks like $223 million might be the end of the line for The Fate of the Furious in the US.
Beauty and the Beast once again rounds out the top 5, this time with $4.8 million, down just 5.5% from last weekend. Including Monday Beauty and the Beast is now at $494.4 million, weeks away from becoming only the 8th film to ever gross more than $500 million in the US.