Summer’s first major box office bomb opened this weekend as it was dwarfed by the Marvel Machine and a baby tree.
Topping the charts once again is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with $63 million, which is a 57 percent decrease from its opening numbers. The film was able to have decent legs thanks to the positive word-of-mouth, though the drop-off was slightly steeper when compared to the original (perhaps an expected development since it debuted to much higher figures). So far, the space opera has made an impressive $246.1 million domestically in two weeks, and $630.6 million worldwide. Next week sees the release of Alien: Covenant, so it will be interesting to see if Guardians can hold that franchise installment off or will begin its slide.
Opening in second is Snatched, the new comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. It grossed $17.5 million in its first three days, which was within expectations heading into the weekend. Though the film scored mostly negative reviews, the star power and premise made it appealing for fans of the genre – especially daughters and mothers looking to spend some time together during Mother’s Day Weekend. Time will tell how well it will hold up, as this debut was a far cry from Schumer’s earlier vehicle Trainwreck ($30 million opening weekend). Interest wasn’t as high this time around, so it could fall off relatively soon. The Baywatch film is right around the corner.
Bombing in third place is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (read our review), which made a disastrous $14.7 million over the weekend. The movie certainly had an uphill climb at the box office following Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but this result is a nightmare for Warner Bros. King Arthur cost a whopping $175 million to produce (not including marketing costs), and it’s already considered as one of 2017’s worst flops. It would appear the positive buzz generated from the advanced preview screenings did not to much to help Legend of the Sword‘s prospects.
The biggest culprit in all of this is probably the reviews, which were widely negative. King Arthur was panned, which definitely made it less appealing for casual audiences. Additionally, this film was never really in high demand and struggled to find an audience. Coming out one week after a Marvel movie was probably not the wisest business decision given the size of the investment, and now the only question remaining is how much money the studio will lose as a result of this failure. Luckily for WB, Wonder Woman opens in a few weeks’ time, so that could make these figures a little easier for the executives to swallow.
In fourth is The Fate of the Furious with $5.3 million. The action sequel is now up to $215 million domestically.
Rounding out the top five is The Boss Baby. DreamWorks Animation’s latest hit earned $4.6 million in its seventh weekend to raise its Stateside total to $162.3 million.
The #6 film is Beauty and the Beast with $3.8 million. Disney’s live-action remake added to its astronomical U.S. total, which is now $493.1 million.
How to be a Latin Lover comes in seventh. The comedy grossed $3.7 million over the weekend and now stands at $26.1 million for its domestic run.
Lowriders comes in eighth during its opening weekend with $2.4 million. Despite playing in just 295 locations, the film managed to find an audience and earned an average of $8,180 per theater. That’s an impressive feat for a project with limited awareness.
In ninth is The Circle with $1.7 million. The tech thriller raised its domestic total to $18.9 million.
Capping off the top 10 is Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The film made $1.5 million in its third weekend and now stands at $18.9 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, May 15 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo