Move over John Carter, Battleship has surpassed you as the most disappointing movie of the year. With such high hopes in launching a new possible franchise and a new trend in adapting board games into movies, Battleship has only grossed $59.8 million in North America after four weeks in release. This figure is $7 million fewer than John Carter’s forth week box office.
The director of Battleship, Peter Berg said at the Produced By conference, an event with some of the biggest directors and producers in Hollywood coming together to address the issues of the industry…
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.
So what went wrong with Battleship? Was it the generic alien invasion premise? Was it the lousy script? Was it the lack of charisma from stars Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker? Or was it the fact that this movie was based on a child’s board game? I say all of the above. Battleship had many problems and it’s good to see general audiences respond to this film by not ultimately seeing it.
Peter Berg has his own theories. He says…
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.
Battleship is closing in on a $295 million worldwide box office, jarring proof that in this day and age that a movie can gross over $295 million and still be considered a bomb, thanks to less discerning international audiences. Honestly, John Carter is a better movie. It’s a good piece of science fiction. It’s full of imagination, energy and it has a great sense of world building. Poor Taylor Kitsch. He starred in them both.