King Arthur is 2017's first flop as Guy Ritchie film bombs at box office

Guy Ritchie's medieval epic hasn't gone down well with film fans

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Guy Ritchie's new fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has become the year's first box office flop after takings even lower than the underwhelming figures projected earlier this week.

According to Variety, the $175 million budgeted project (not including marketing costs) is facing a “disastrous” $18 million debut despite Warner Bros. remaining hopeful the film can exceed the $20 million mark.

Ritchie hasn't had too many box office struggles in the past: previous film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fared well enough to generate discussion of a sequel and preceding that were his two successful Sherlock Holmes films which starred Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, who also appears in King Arthur.

King Arthur also stars Charlie Hunnam and features a cameo from David Beckham which has been derided by critics.

The film currently holds a 27% on review-aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.