Why King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Flopped So Hard

9. Audiences Don't Care About King Arthur

King Arthur Legend Of The Sword Charlie Hunnam
Warner Bros.

The sad, hard truth is that audiences just don't really give a toss about the King Arthur property anymore, especially after 2004's Clive Owen-starring effort came and went without much fuss or box office success.

Nobody's really been screaming out for a new take on the Arthurian legend, and though Ritchie's attempt was a radical, brave effort to reinvent the myth for the teenage boy set, there just doesn't seem to be the same demand for period action flicks these days that there once was.

Just look at Ben-Hur's colossal failure last year despite having an enormously recognisable name to leech from. Has the explosion of superhero movies made swords and Kings feel positively boring by comparison?


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