Peter Berg Blames THE AVENGERS For The Failure Of BATTLESHIP

Will we be getting a sequel to Battleship? Well, not unless people stop seeing Marvel's The Avengers according to Peter Berg! The director looks back at how he believes the success of that film resulted in the poor domestic box office debut of his.

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By Josh Wilding - 6/25/2012
Internationally, Battleship was a moderate success, making a total of $235 million. However, it was a very different story in North America where the film made only a paltry $63 million at the box office. The reason for this failure? According to director Peter Berg, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are to blame. He might just be on to something there, although he fails to mention Battleship's 33% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and the awful word of mouth which surrounded the film when it was released. In the following interview with MTV News, Berg also shares his thoughts on the chances of a sequel...something it seems fair to say that no one is eagerly anticipating!



"The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when 'Avengers' refused to go away. 'The Avengers' outperformed everything. It was impossible for 'Battleship' to get any oxygen. I would have loved to have come out three weeks before 'The Avengers' domestically, like we did internationally."

"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.' "

"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. '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."


Source: MTV News
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lunesta - 6/25/2012, 3:09 PM
[frick] you
lunesta - 6/25/2012, 3:11 PM
the only thing im doing is boycoting this film and the twiligth movies and michael bay
RedandBlue - 6/25/2012, 3:11 PM
Hah.. Poor guy.
MilitaryStormtrooper - 6/25/2012, 3:11 PM
Don't blame Avengers. Blame yourself for making a movie that got bad reviews.
Fantine - 6/25/2012, 3:12 PM
The only thing that stood out in this film, was that Rihanna was surprisingly not awful.
kidz3r0 - 6/25/2012, 3:12 PM
Avengers did rule... But really... Battleship? Really?
SpiderFan35 - 6/25/2012, 3:13 PM
Awww, he's adorable.
CaptainObvious - 6/25/2012, 3:14 PM
Or maybe because it's based on a board game and got negative reviews and all the trailers were laughed at months before it was released.

The only thing you can blame the Avengers for is being a good movie.
herofreak15 - 6/25/2012, 3:15 PM
ummm... maybe because it was shit.
quadrapioneer - 6/25/2012, 3:15 PM
HULK SMASH puny Battleship!!!
OdinsBeard - 6/25/2012, 3:16 PM
lol see that's the shit about dumbasses in Hollywood...

they all think all movies of the same genre are equal. like retail products. just because Battleship filled your "action movie quota" for the season doesn't mean it's on par with all other action movies. we're not (as) retarded anymore, peter.

battleship looked like garbage. that's the reason you couldn't get an actual actress and had to settle for a pop star.
SageMode - 6/25/2012, 3:17 PM
LMAO. This news had me crying from laughter.
OverlyManlyMan - 6/25/2012, 3:17 PM
Hahahahaha your ship has sunk

anyone? yea? maybe? no? ok :/
sexfoodcomics - 6/25/2012, 3:18 PM
I wouldn't say battleship "kicked butt" internationally, it did well, but Avengers kicked butt internationally. Battle ship was just a bad movie, bad acting, bad dialog, bad story. Great effects though.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/25/2012, 3:18 PM
Nothing personal Mr. Berg but... im not going to watch that film... EVER.

I just have to wonder how the hell you allured Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård and Tadanobu Asano in this film.
Were they broke or something?
LordCole - 6/25/2012, 3:21 PM
You know, I really was not sure he actually said that, then I read the quote... Ooh-kaay, Would have fiunished a head of the Avangers much in the same way I finish a head of my girl friend. She always seems to take forever to eat dinner when we go out.
Durf - 6/25/2012, 3:22 PM
Um, what? No, your movie bombed because it is a giant steaming pile of shit that no one wanted to see. Nice try though
CharlesLord - 6/25/2012, 3:22 PM
@Alex nah cuz I just watched the trailer for Taken 2 this morning and rumor has it Liam might be in some movie that comes out on the 20th.


How do you blame Avengers for the failure of your poor movie? Blame your poor movie for the failure of your poor movie
Gigacrusher45 - 6/25/2012, 3:23 PM
LOL LOL LOL too bad for him!
jimoakley666 - 6/25/2012, 3:24 PM
I blame Battleship for the failure of Battleship.
TheJester187 - 6/25/2012, 3:24 PM
He's really bitchin bout a battleship movie when he prolly lost his chance to be in a superhero movie and do numerous sequels! [frick] a battleshit that game was wack anyways!
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 6/25/2012, 3:24 PM
It didn't do poorly because of the avengers. It did poorly because it looked stupid. And it was.
santoanderson - 6/25/2012, 3:25 PM
Peter Berg makes a movie based upon a board game. Doesn't see the problem with that....
Mrcool210 - 6/25/2012, 3:26 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU DON'T SAY?
MrsTonyStark0507 - 6/25/2012, 3:26 PM
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! This is seriously the funniest thing I have read in a long time! What an idiot!!! Did you hear him guys? Now that we have all seen the Avengers 5 times, we should go watch Battleship. Hmmm... I think I will just go see the Avengers for a 6th time and pretend that craptastic "movie" about a board game doesn't exist. LOL!!!!
marvel72 - 6/25/2012, 3:26 PM
it was a shit movie,all i got from it was the cgi was decent & brooklyn decker was hotter than hell.

the avengers is gonna be the film to beat this year & only the amazing spider-man & the hobbit have a chance of doing it.
pro346 - 6/25/2012, 3:28 PM
Special effects were the best of any movie this year.....it only bombed in the us.
Bojac - 6/25/2012, 3:28 PM
You're biggest flaw was betting the farm on Taylor Kitsch being the next big thing. You and Disney.
EzrasHugeReviews - 6/25/2012, 3:29 PM
How about the fact that no one was interested in seeing a movie based on a damn BOARD GAME!!!! Let alone . . . a crappy as hell one! This has NOTHING to do with Avengers!
marantaz - 6/25/2012, 3:33 PM
Berg: "Hey, that's not fair, they made a movie too!"

Jeez, dude, really?

DraculaX - 6/25/2012, 3:33 PM
Battleship failed because (a. Avengers kick ass and (B. Your movie sucked ass. Plus who puts Rihanna in their film?
KamCannon - 6/25/2012, 3:34 PM
Actual @EzrasHugeReviews I would have if they had just taken the script for a Naval thriller, slapped the classic line in there (You know the one) and thrown the title on it. It could have been good, but they went in this weird direction...

You people always say 'No one' but I can guarantee you someone out there enjoyed Battleship far more than they did Avengers.
DraculaX - 6/25/2012, 3:35 PM
I wonder who's gonna blame The Dark Knight Rises next?
CrispySeaplanes - 6/25/2012, 3:36 PM
Maybe if they'd actually made a movie based on the game instead of just using the title of the game and making a movie about Transformer reject aliens. I don't remember there being aliens in the original Battleship game...
IronHood - 6/25/2012, 3:36 PM
No movie is too blame. Whether good = The Avengers or bad = Battleship. The problem why Berg is so upset is actual people! Everyone is bringing in factors about how Avengers was better (to which I do not disagree) or the director's film history or poor acting... NONE of that is too blame. The people are to be blamed & the people who chose the release date are to be blamed. You should have known better Mr. Berg. It was the Avengers! A movie in the making since the 1960s or earliest 2009! It's your own people's fault. Oh well, now you now better for next time.
MrsTonyStark0507 - 6/25/2012, 3:38 PM
Look at that - it took a post about Battleship to unite the Marvelites and Nolanites!! Huzzah!! :-P
GoILL - 6/25/2012, 3:40 PM
How about he just owns up to the fact this his movie was garbage.
DraculaX - 6/25/2012, 3:42 PM
A sequel?! What's its gonna be about? The Russian Battleships vs. The American Battleships?
DeathstrokeRulez469 - 6/25/2012, 3:44 PM
Are you kidding me??? Battleship was an awful piece of trash.........He has the audacity to blame "The Avengers" for his failure.

PATHETIC!!!!!!
scrappybuttons - 6/25/2012, 3:46 PM
Sourgrapes. F.uck battleship...why was this filmed at Freddie Roach's gym? I hope he had an appoinment to get his ass kicked for comparing his shit to avengers.
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