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A box office disaster of epic proportions swings for streaming success

One of the biggest box office bombs of the modern era has inexplicably laid claim to the Netflix most-watched list.
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Regardless of which way you choose to look at it, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an unmitigated disaster and one of the most notorious bombs of the 21st Century.

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Not only did it effectively end any ideas people had for Charlie Hunnam as Hollywood’s next blockbuster leading man, but those ambitious plans for a six-film Knights of the Roundtable franchise went out of the window by the end of the movie’s opening weekend.

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Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey delivers a performance that’s almost impressive in how wooden and emotionless it is, while Ritchie’s pal David Beckham contributes what might just be cinema’s worst-ever cameo. On top of that, it didn’t even come close to recouping the mammoth $175 million budget, ultimately posting a loss north of $150 million.

The positives? Well, Jude Law is clearly having fun chewing on the scenery, and Daniel Pemberton’s score f*cking bangs all day, and really deserved to come attached to something that wasn’t a steaming pile of ye olde horsesh*t. For reasons that can’t be readily explained, though, FlixPatrol reveals that Legend of the Sword has re-entered the global most-watched list, so a number of subscribers have readily wasted 126 minutes of their lives they’ll never get back.

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