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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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1 posted on 04/29/2012 3:58:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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If your movie is bad, play for it people who just need to see explosions and special effects.

But...but...aren't foreign audiences more 'sophisticated" than the dopey Americans?

2 posted on 04/29/2012 3:59:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin


Target audience for Hollywood summer blockbusters.
3 posted on 04/29/2012 4:05:37 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: BenLurkin
If your movie is bad, play for it people who just need to see explosions and special effects.

But...but...aren't foreign audiences more 'sophisticated" than the dopey Americans?

Just goes to show you Americans are unsophisticated even when it comes to explosions and special effects.

4 posted on 04/29/2012 4:07:40 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

5 posted on 04/29/2012 4:09:07 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: BenLurkin

What’s next, the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” movie?


6 posted on 04/29/2012 4:09:18 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BenLurkin

Liam Neeson’s in it - he’s a star.

It was OK - very busy and over the top.


7 posted on 04/29/2012 4:13:49 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: mountn man

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


8 posted on 04/29/2012 4:15:44 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.
Battleship

9 posted on 04/29/2012 4:18:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

I must have the intelligence of a troglodyte because I can’t wait to see “Battleship” and I loved “John Carter”.


10 posted on 04/29/2012 4:31:01 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: BenLurkin

No.

They have deliberately dumbed down the dialogue and simplified the villains and focused on well-known locations specifically for the international market.


11 posted on 04/29/2012 4:37:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: vetvetdoug
“John Carter” was entertaining, although bitterly disappointing on a personsal level. (If ever I win $200million on Lotto I will produce “A Princess of Mars” and do it right!)
12 posted on 04/29/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

from the trailer it looked like more hi tech far feched
escapist fare. i’m not great at suspending reality, at least not to that extent. others may find it entertaining.


13 posted on 04/29/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: BenLurkin

it is rumored that Katy Perry is interested in an acting career.


14 posted on 04/29/2012 4:43:20 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: BenLurkin

No.

They have deliberately dumbed down the dialogue and simplified the villains and focused on well-known locations specifically for the international market.


15 posted on 04/29/2012 4:44:35 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: dfwgator
Here you go:


16 posted on 04/29/2012 4:48:18 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: RitchieAprile
it is rumored that Katy Perry is interested in an acting career.

After seeing her in that "Part of Me" video, I think she could be a very good actress.

17 posted on 04/29/2012 4:57:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
What’s next, the “Hungry Hungry Hippos” movie?

Hsst! Mum's the word on that one. I'm pitching it to Universal and so far I've got Susan Sarandon and Oprah signed up for the title roles. I wuz going for Carrie Fisher but the dang girl dieted herself out of a job. We'll see what happens to her career... Dare I hope for a cameo from the First Lady? Dare I?

18 posted on 04/29/2012 4:59:18 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: dfwgator

Yah we know which “part of her” people want to see *rimshot*


19 posted on 04/29/2012 5:00:52 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Billthedrill

Well so far, I haven’t gotten any bites from studios for my “Don’t Break the Ice” script, but I’m still hopeful.


20 posted on 04/29/2012 5:00:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: jiggyboy

The problem for Katy is that too many people will confuse her for Zooey Deschanel.


21 posted on 04/29/2012 5:02:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BenLurkin
This is very smart. Disappointed that it's come to this, but in our rate/review obsessed culture, word of mouth has replaced actuality.

Just finished reading a book about the infamous movie Heaven's Gate, the film that destroyed United Artists because of bad word of mouth and a particularly ghastly review from Vincent Canby at the NYT, who called the movie the equivalent of a "forced four-hour walking tour of one's own living room". The whole fiasco was a groupthink hatchet job against a film that is at least worth a look, and is enjoyable to some.

Studios releasing overseas ahead of the US is indicative of a larger problem, and that is peoples' obsession with reviews and ratings, on everything from movies and music to washers and toasters.

What happened to experiencing things for oneself? I can't think of anything more worthless than the opinion of an anonymous stranger.

22 posted on 04/29/2012 5:05:35 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: Azeem

Hysterical! Esp. since we’re about to give our 4yo the game. Not sure if my wife will be amused or horrified by that pic...


23 posted on 04/29/2012 5:06:43 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: GunRunner
What happened to experiencing things for oneself?

Uh $10 ticket prices for movies.

24 posted on 04/29/2012 5:08:58 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“You sunk my movie studio!”


25 posted on 04/29/2012 5:10:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SunkenCiv; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; theothercheek; Arizona Carolyn; Yaelle; hoosiermama; ...
Wow, would the left, especially the NOW crowd, throw a collective hissy fit if that “Battleship” game were released today!!! Look at that cover: Father and son are having fun playing a “war” game, while mother and daughter are in the kitchen washing the dishes. So blatantly sexist. (Sarc.)
26 posted on 04/29/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

I taught my liberal cousin how to play battleship on paper when were kids.

MUAHAHAHA


27 posted on 04/29/2012 5:39:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Azeem

LOL!

You’re officially my new hero.


28 posted on 04/29/2012 5:45:30 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Azeem

O
M
G

LOL I had to post that on my Facebook!


29 posted on 04/29/2012 5:53:07 PM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: BenLurkin
"But...but...aren't foreign audiences more 'sophisticated" than the dopey Americans?"

You just won't understand...
30 posted on 04/29/2012 5:54:43 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: justiceseeker93

Played that that game with my brother when I was a youngster...


31 posted on 04/29/2012 5:54:54 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA)...before there is no America!)
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To: ari-freedom

Most of the best movies over the past few years have been foreign movies. Hollywood just makes liberal trash, or “Gee Look How Good Our Computer Graphics Are” crap.


32 posted on 04/29/2012 5:55:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Big Giant Head

Don’t worry, it’s not a real poster. :)


33 posted on 04/29/2012 6:00:02 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: GunRunner

Experiencing things for yourself is fine if it’s free. If I’m gonna lay down $10 I want some level of indication that I’m not better off spending that money in a bar. Some movies I’ll go see no matter what the reviewers say because they’re topically in my wheelhouse, some movies I won’t see regardless of the reviewers because they aren’t. The rest of the pack I look up the rotten tomatoes collective data, maybe read a couple of reviews, just to get a feel.


34 posted on 04/29/2012 6:05:19 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: justiceseeker93

They’d be okay with it if there were two lesbian mommies, and the daughter had a short haircut.


35 posted on 04/29/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


36 posted on 04/29/2012 6:08:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dfwgator
Best thing about the game was it almost creates its own Abott and Costello routine:

Player one: "I 1"

Player two: "You did not!"

Player one: "D 2"

Player two: "Did not!"

37 posted on 04/29/2012 6:17:50 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: SunkenCiv

I don't think the Battleship game cover art is sexist, but the girls seem to be a little too happy to be in that kitchen washing the dishes while the boys are playing Battleship. I think they have some kind of practical joke in the works.

38 posted on 04/29/2012 6:32:53 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 20 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: dfwgator
So you would let a review from someone you don't know keep you from seeing a movie you thought looked good?

I can see if maybe you thought the two hours was too much to risk, but $10? I hope I'm never that destitute.

39 posted on 04/29/2012 6:41:36 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: SamAdams76

They’re laughing at Dad’s sweater-vest.

“Who knows Cindy, Maybe in about 40 years, sweater-vests will be cool again?”

“Yeah Mom, but only for about two months.”


40 posted on 04/29/2012 6:49:48 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (If I had a failed one-term President, he'd look like Obama.)
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To: discostu; dfwgator
You both must see a boatload more movies than I do. Even as a poor college student, I thought that $10 per person was a bargain to risk on 2 hours of entertainment.

I've never in my life had enough free time to get past the "movies I’ll go see no matter what the reviewers say because they’re topically in my wheelhouse" stage. If there's nothing on I want to see I just don't go.

If I had listened to Rotten Tomatos, I would have gone to see Cabin In the Woods (91% good), but not Act of Valor (26% good). Instead I saw both, and with Cabin, the only thing I really lament isn't the $10 bucks, but the two hours lost out of my annual movie theater alottment, which is sparse. If you can spend an hour reading the reviews, why not just go anyway and save time.

I'm glad the Act of Valor did well despite the ridiculous overemphasis on reviews. I'll listen to friends and colleagues occasionally, but not online strangers or movie critics. Never trust the opinion of anyone who gets paid to sit in the dark and watch movies all day, even on movies.

41 posted on 04/29/2012 7:09:00 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: GunRunner

I wanted to go see Cabin but didn’t have time. I like horror movies, and I like horror movies that mess with the rules. I didn’t want to see Act at all, the whole non-actor war movie thing just doesn’t appeal. Yeah I see a lot of movies, big theaters and arthouse, which is another reason check out reviews, having multiple movies I’m at least kind of interested in out the same weekend is pretty frequent, but there’s only so much time.


42 posted on 04/29/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: BenLurkin
I recently went to WonderCon in Anaheim and saw extended previews of several films, including BATTLESHIP. They had panel discussions with some of the actors, producers, and directors. I was in the front row and about 15 feet from Brooklyn Decker. The movie looks like it will be fun.


43 posted on 04/29/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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44 posted on 04/29/2012 7:40:51 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: discostu
You'll probably love Cabin; there are no rules. Just don't blow on the conch shell (you'll see).

Anyways, my main problem is the rating/review culture that is permeating all aspects of American life. Do we really need reviews for fast casual restaurants and hair clippers? Last month I had to cancel a lawn service appointment because my wife got online and told me they got "bad reviews". She wanted me to check the "reviews" on a Samsung front loading washer I had picked out to replace our old one. For crying out loud, who the hell cares?

It's like people want a personalized panel of diving judges to hold up "10" signs before they take the chance on buying a pack of microwavable ziti. It won't kill you to put the big boy pants on and take a chance.

I'll read reviews if I'm picking out a heart surgeon. Anything else I can handle on my own without hearing what the masses think.

OK, rant off.

45 posted on 04/29/2012 7:44:47 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: doug from upland

Are they real.. Ahhhh who cares


46 posted on 04/29/2012 7:45:12 PM PDT by Gone_Postal
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To: doug from upland

Are they real.. Ahhhh who cares


47 posted on 04/29/2012 7:45:12 PM PDT by Gone_Postal
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To: BenLurkin

Hold my beer and watch this ...

48 posted on 04/29/2012 7:47:08 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: doug from upland

She has the most beautiful pair of eyes that i’ve seen!
By the way was that photo taken at high or low tide?


49 posted on 04/29/2012 7:50:59 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Gone_Postal

https://www.google.com/search?q=brooklyn+decker&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=k8M&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=O_2dT82QN-WIiAK0upSjAQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1016&bih=621


50 posted on 04/29/2012 7:51:04 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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