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"Battleship" Avoids U.S. Release and Makes $170 Mil Around the World
forbes ^ | 4/25/2012 @ 12:17PM |

Posted on 04/29/2012 3:58:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin

UPDATE: Sunday, April 29th: “Battleship” is now up to $170 Mil worldwide without US release until May 18th.

“Battleship,” Universal Pictures’ big summer entertainment, cost over $200 million to make. You know it’s cheesy and not very good, so why subject the studio to American reviews? Very wisely, Universal has been opening “Battleship” around the world in advance of its May 18th U.S. landing. And the result: already $129 million in the bank. And more to come. These numbers are from Boxofficemojo.com. And they tell you why Ron Meyer is so good at his job running the studio. The movie has terrible reviews–it’s scored a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. One British reviewer simply called it “trash.” Universal calls it “money” and there will enough of it by May 18th to avoid a “John Carter” disaster. This is the new trend. If your movie is bad, play for it people who just need to see explosions and special effects. The movie stars non-actor Rihanna, and “John Carter” hero Taylor Kitsch.

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To: GunRunner

You gotta know what to do with reviews. I usually don’t read restaurant reviews, and I have the best barber in town so I don’t need to worry about them. By the same token in a world filled with tons of choices it’s handy to get reviews. Last year I went to buy the wife a new apple slicer, hit Amazon to get some books for her too, well if you go over to Amazon and search on “apple slicer” you’ll find yourself in decision crisis because they have 402 of them. How to decide which one, reviews.

I totally check the reviews on any multiple hundred dollar item I’m buying. Generally it’s the reviews that I use to narrow my choices down to 2 or 3 then I check the availability and bang. Of course for that I’m not usually going for the masses, I’m usually hanging around cnet, good review source.


51 posted on 04/29/2012 7:52:19 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
Apple slicer, huh. The day my wife tells me to read reviews on kitchen cutlery is the day I use that same cutlery on my wrists.

Doctors and cars? OK, I'll check the reviews. Everything else is overkill. People overestimate the value of their own opinions to other people.

52 posted on 04/29/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: GunRunner

She didn’t tell me to, it was a gift. But when I landed with 400 different slicers to chose from, most with basically the same price, what else should I do? Random? Sort for highest reviewed, ignore the ones with less than a dozen reviews, read 1 or 2 high and low reviews on a few, buy. The data is there, might as well use it.


53 posted on 04/29/2012 8:23:37 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: discostu
I know, I'm saying that if I ever read a review it will come by suggestion from my wife, and I can totally see us in a store and her saying "Ooo, what good looking knives! Hang on, gotta check the reviews..."

I bought my wife a rice cooker on Amazon for Christmas and just picked the first one that looked functional. It's a rice cooker, what's there to review? Does it cook rice? Check. Done.

54 posted on 04/29/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


55 posted on 04/29/2012 8:47:10 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GOYAKLA
Brooklyn's husband, Andy Roddick.
56 posted on 04/29/2012 9:06:50 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: justiceseeker93; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; ...

When does “Chess: The Movie” come out? I hear Oprah is playing the Black Queen and Chris Rock is the Queen’s Rook.

And Alexis Arquette plays a transgendered White Pawn who dreams of someday being Queen.


57 posted on 04/29/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Pac-Man - The Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWL6j0SvqV0


58 posted on 04/29/2012 9:23:12 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; justiceseeker93; Perdogg

Moving on from board games, this one is really a possibility.

Remember “Twins” with Ah-nold and DeVito? I saw it the other night.

TRIPLET’s, Eddie Murphy, enough said.

It might have been an April fools joke but I hope not!


59 posted on 04/29/2012 11:17:20 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: doug from upland

Now you’ve done it! Some get all the breaks.
You spoiled and olde man’s fantasy and I’ll have to wait for another Dream Girl to get my heart stirring again.
I just hope my wife doesn’t see these posts.
ps You always have great posts, Thanks!


60 posted on 04/30/2012 12:05:25 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: dfwgator

No kidding. When I saw the trailer for Battleship, I assumed that it was a really elaborate hoax and parody. For heaven’s sake, there are no operational battleships any more and there have not been for 20 years.


61 posted on 04/30/2012 12:08:13 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: justiceseeker93

lol


62 posted on 04/30/2012 12:14:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: rmlew

At the event I attended, director Peter Berg, told the story about his dad being a Naval historian. He was taken to all the Navy museums as a kid and learned to have great respect for the Navy and those who served. He always wanted to make a movie about a battleship. This may be cheesy, but after seeing extended previews, I am looking forward to seeing it.


63 posted on 04/30/2012 7:09:21 AM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: rmlew

I can just imagine the dialog in the movie..

Captain: “What did the Russkies just say.”

Petty Officer: “Sir, they said ‘E-1’”

Captain: “WE’RE DOOMED!”


64 posted on 04/30/2012 7:12:24 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I love how the women-folk are in the kitchen washing dishes.


65 posted on 04/30/2012 7:25:57 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: BenLurkin
“John Carter” looked great - and the action was intense if not very suspenseful because of how invincible they made John. But the plot and duologue suffered from a SEVERE lack of Edgar Rice Burroughs magic.

I knew as soon as I heard that the plot was “confusing” that they had taken a major departure.

Amusing that something written almost one hundred years ago is STILL too cutting age, racy, anti-organized religion, anti-Communist, and violent to put on the silver screen as written.

What the hell would they have done with “Gods of Mars”?

For myself, I would like to cast Oprah Winfrey as “Isus” and see John Carter throw her to the crowd that once worshiped her as a goddess - now howling for her blood!

THAT would have been glorious!

What they would have done with it would have been a travesty!

66 posted on 04/30/2012 7:35:54 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: cripplecreek
I taught my liberal cousin how to play battleship on paper when were kids.

Dad taught me and my brother to play "battleship" using graph paper.

When we found out later that folks were paying good money for a plastic game set with lots of little parts that inevitably got lost, we were astounded. It seemed a colossal waste.

67 posted on 04/30/2012 7:42:37 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: GunRunner

Does it break is one of the things I’m looking for in reviews. A lot of the apple slicers had that complaint, broke quick.


68 posted on 04/30/2012 8:17:40 AM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: doug from upland
I have totally new respect for you Doug!
69 posted on 04/30/2012 9:11:27 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: SunkenCiv

The new Battleship with shot glasses of adult beverages.

"You shunk my basshletip."

70 posted on 04/30/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: GOYAKLA
She has the most beautiful pair of eyes that i’ve seen!
By the way was that photo taken at high or low tide?

You left off the humor tag! Eyes??? She has eyes???

71 posted on 04/30/2012 9:59:44 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: GunRunner

When a typical night at the movies is going to cost you $50, you can’t get upset if folks are going to be more discerning about what they spend their money on, especially when that same movie will be available to rent for a few bucks in 3-6 months.

You can’t charge the kind of prices that movies charge and think folks aren’t going to listen to word of mouth/reviews.

Its just that simple.

If a trip to the movies for 2 was $20, movie popcorn, soda etc, I guarantee folks would be less obsessed with what others said, but when you are dropping $50 for 1.5 hours of entertainment when you figure in movie, popcorn, drink etc.. folks are going be far less likely to try something they’ve heard bad things about.

Its standard economics... an app selling for .99 will get folks to try it even if it has a bad review or two.. one selling for 9.99.. not so much.


72 posted on 04/30/2012 10:32:10 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: doug from upland

Better Brooklyn Decker than Harlem Hooker.


73 posted on 04/30/2012 10:44:16 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: GunRunner
I can see if maybe you thought the two hours was too much to risk, but $10?

For that price I can get a month of all-you-can-watch Netflix and a pack of popcorn, enjoyed at my convenience in my living room with as many friends/family as I like.

"Destitute" is the wrong word. "Frugal" is the right one.

Besides, we ARE talking about Battleship here. You can buy the darned game for less than one 2-hour ticket price. You'll be able to own the movie in a few weeks for less than that. Not like it's some cultural event you've got to see.

74 posted on 04/30/2012 10:57:44 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: hattend
I love how the women-folk are in the kitchen washing dishes.

It was a better world, then.

(ducking for cover)

75 posted on 04/30/2012 11:00:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: doug from upland

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76 posted on 04/30/2012 1:27:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: doug from upland

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/eyeballs.wav


77 posted on 04/30/2012 1:41:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: 6ppc

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/hello.wav


78 posted on 04/30/2012 1:44:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Fresh Wind

79 posted on 04/30/2012 1:53:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: vladimir998

“I always wondered where the hell those two guys came from.”

My best guess would be incest.


80 posted on 04/30/2012 1:53:17 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: The Shrew

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81 posted on 04/30/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: doug from upland
Banff never looked quite so appealing.

Thanks,

TS

82 posted on 04/30/2012 4:19:46 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew

Oh, my. I can’t post this one. Here’s the link =

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83 posted on 04/30/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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