Guy Ritchie's thriller, “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword,” was expected to break the records of previous Hollywood blockbusters. Unfortunately, the movie is a major flop this summer, leaving everyone in shock.

Though the mythology of “King Arthur” has all ingredients to be a blockbuster (magic, shirtless guys, hot women, romance, thriller, suspense, and a bit of comedy), the film failed to impress the critics and audiences. In its opening weekend, the movie was expected to gross $40 million, but it made only $15 million from 2,430 theaters.

‘King Arthur’ – an epic flop

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” seems to continue its reign over the box office this month.

The movie grossed over $180 million in its opening weekend and is made with a budget of $120 million. So, it is expected to earn at least $760 million in its theoretical run.

On the other hand, “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” was projected to gross over $30 million in the opening weekend, but it earned only $14.9 million from 3,440 theaters. The movie is made with a budget of $175 million and one of the major flops of Guy Ritchie’s career.

The director has seen box office glory in the past with 2009 hit “Sherlock Holmes” ($750 million) and its 2011 sequel titled “A Game of Shadows” ($700 million).

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More recently, Guy released “The Man from UNCLE” in collaborations with Warner Bros. The movie ended its run in 2015 with an approximate earning of $650 million against a production budget of $74 million budget.

The movie being criticized

The film has received mixed reviews from film critics and audiences. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, its average score is 6 out of 10 based on 154 reviews. On Metacritic, “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” is assigned a normalized rating of 44 out of 100 based on 103 critics. On CinemaScore, audiences give it an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.

Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian called it a good movie with lots of action sequences and great star performances. Michael Phillips from The Hollywood Reporter criticized the movie saying that it makes no sense to get all “Arthur” films directed by Ritchie as there are far better filmmakers out there.

Alissa Wilkinson from Vox said that “King Arthur: Legends of the Sword” is a surprisingly good movie. It develops a relationship between the era of Brexit and modern world. The film features Craig McGinlay, Lorraine Bruce, Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law, Aidan Gille, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, and others.