We've seen this already this year. Now, another major studio picture with a huge marketing budget will dismally flop. When Ghost in the Shell derailed at the domestic box office just a couple months ago, studio heads were not shocked but were still ill prepared for the terrible numbers it did. Now, Guy Ritchie's take on the classic King Arthur tale seems to be suffering the exact same fate.
At a huge number of $175 million that doesn't include marketing costs, his latest feature is on way to making a lowly $25 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, meaning there is no way the project can recoup its production budget.
Ritchie has has successes with his Sherlock Holmes movies but his The Man From U.N.C.L.E. had an extremely similar problem at the domestic box office. Even though the movie was extremely good, it wasn't well received by audiences in general that didn't really want a reboot of a televised spy series. Sadly for the visual master, his latest is projected to die a brutal box office death.