Battleship director's 'big and powerful' idea why his film tanked

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Dec 17, 2012

Though Disney's John Carter took the brunt of the heat for being this year's first flop, another big-budget extravaganza actually did worse: the board-game-inspired alien invasion flick Battleship.

To date, Battleship has grossed $59.8 million in North America—nearly $7 million less than John Carter brought in by its fourth week.

The film's director, Peter Berg, has finally opened up about the epic flop. He said via The Huffington Post that he hopes to learn from the experience and (hopefully) move on to a more successful project in the future.

"I have a movie in theaters right now which has obviously underperformed in many ways. When [a movie] doesn't work, it's an ... interesting opportunity to look at what went wrong and how it went wrong."
As for what actually went wrong? According to Berg the concept, and the budget propping it up, were just too "big."
"It was a movie that I tried as hard as I could to get inside of. But the concept is so big and powerful, and the money is so big and so powerful, that the movie is going to run away with itself."
Though Battleship sank in North America, it has actually made a total of $300 million worldwide—so it's only a total failure stateside.

What do you think sank this Battleship?

(Via The Huffington Post)

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