Why'd Battleship fail? Director says you can blame The Avengers

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Dec 17, 2012

It's been well over a month since Battleship hit U.S. theaters. But the Peter Berg-directed feature's been given the cold shoulder by audiences. The film's earned a mere $63 million stateside, while scoring $235 million overseas. What happened? According to Berg, The Avengers happened.

While speaking to MTV, Berg was asked if he had plans for a Battleship sequel. The director revealed that he'd love to make a follow-up, but he's not sure how likely it is to happen.

"Battleship is a film that I would definitely like to do a sequel to. I loved making that film. I had a great time with it. The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away. So what I need everyone to do is go see Battleship now that they've seen Avengers five times. If they do that, we can definitely make a sequel."

So what if The Avengers wasn't in the picture? Berg believes if there was more space between the films, Battleship would have had a fair shot.

"I would have loved to have come out three weeks before The Avengers domestically, like we did internationally," said Berg. "The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen. We did OK, but in hindsight, which my grandmother used to say is worth about a bucket of spit, we would have [released the movie] ahead of The Avengers, not realizing it would have become, I think, the second biggest film in history behind Avatar."

It was a tight fit, but we think scheduling was only one of the problems plaguing Battleship.

What do you think? Is Berg on to something?

(via MTV)

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