Skip to comments.'The Avengers' wins again with $15.3 mil on Friday; 'Battleship' flounders with $9 mil
Posted on 05/19/2012 8:45:35 PM PDT by SMGFan
The Avengers good news spelled bad news for Battleship, which debuted to a dismal $9 million on Friday. That puts the board game-inspired action film on pace for a $26 million weekend a result that Universal clearly didnt have in mind when it green-lighted the $209 million picture. By comparison, the years other big expensive flop, Disneys John Carter, mustered a slightly better $30.2 million its first weekend. Both movies starred Taylor Kitsch, whose young career is getting off to an incredibly unfortunate start.
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Oh that is Great!
It looked like Battleship vs Transformers in the ads. That has nothing to do with the game at all. I have no idea what kind of audience they were aiming for.
Large robots invade Earth, okay.... US takes old battleships out of mothballs to fight them? One of the dumbest premises ever.
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is tanking, too. So is “The Dictator.”
Baaaaaaaad weekend at the box office. (Except for “The Avengers.”)
That is awesome!
I love it.
Good stuff. Ya got me sheriff. Had to do a search. LOL!
I thought their trailer was horrible. Remind me too much like Transformers, which I didn’t like. Great special effects but very very horrible acting and dialogues
Shoot, I’d sure like to “founder” with 9mil in a weekend.
My Little Ponies
Taking over Earth!
We went to see “Battleship” today and found it to be quite entertaining. I have no trouble recommending it.
There was an immitation “battleship” on SYfy tonight. It was called Warships, should have been called the USS Iowa verses the aliens.
Meanwhile a true story with lots of battleships and naval warfare (Leyte Gulf) goes unfilmed....
I didn’t know that you were a Bronnie! ;)
Loved Avengers, saw it five times. I’m not going to see Battleship in the theater.
With few exceptions, realism no longer sells. Freepers loved Act of Valor, but read recently that while it was cheap to make, it struggled to pay off it’s $30m marketing campaign.
I think it’s cleaning up in foreign markets though.
perdogg: NO!!! I just thought it was funny.
Ya know.....it’s not often here that LOL LITERALLY means LOL..........but by God that did. I needed that. :)
Yes, Joss Whedon did a great job. I had no doubt as BTVS was a great TV series ( No surprise from me, right?) But I never liked Firefly or DollHouse
I went and saw Battleship, wasn’t in the same league as Transformers or Avengers but did enjoy it.
I don’t know why its dissed so much, except perhaps its all about the Navy and crippled vets saving planet earth, oh and honest to god real BB63 Missouri vets that used the Missouri to kick ET’s ass. Now I could imagine the whiny anti patriotic left would try to make this film out as a loser, well I saw it and then I went out and bought the Xbox 360 game which my son who is 18, a Sergent in the JROTC totally enjoyed.
And I like John Carter as well, so apparently somebody and a whole lot of somebodies think they can be judgmental for most of America, I disagree.
Bad marketing probably is the problem here.....they could have called “Battleship” something else, tying the movie in with the game was a bad idea.
As for “John Carter”, I have a simple question, how many people would have seen “Star Wars” if the movie was called instead “Luke Skywalker”?
After a dismal 2011, Hollywood's had an incredible run in 2012 with all kinds of unlikely hits. But this weekend is down 18% over last year because four seemingly sure-fire entries have tanked. "Battleship," "The Dictator," "What To Expect When Youre Expecting" both opened soft this week and the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton re-imagining of "Dark Shadows" sunk 61% after an already disappointing debut last weekend.
..What's fascinating about "Battleship" is that by all accounts it's a very patriotic film and for over a decade now the left-wing propagandists in Hollywood and the media that carries their water have told us that American patriotism doesn't sell overseas. Well, here's a case of an openly patriotic film making a ton of money internationally but not here in America (almost certainly as a result of word of mouth).
You are quite right, Disney should have just kept it as the original name, “A Princess of Mars” but following so soon after its recent mega flop Mars needs Moms some eggheads figured Mars was a baaaad word for marketing.
Well I can say this, Battleship (the game) has been a family favorite, my son and I have played it a million times.
Movies are supposed to be FUN, to be entertaining, obviously something a socialistic society would frown upon, they don’t want rebellious dreamers, look at what Russia did to that class.
Its marginalization of decent films full of good old fashion patriotism.If America went full scale forced socialistic in the future we would NEVER see films like this anymore. Sometimes real entertainment is cheap, its silly and often just escapism.
Battleship was just a decent entertainment, my son and I liked it equally as well as Avengers, I more so because of of Big Mo saving the day.
“One of the dumbest premises ever.”
I would rather watch Battleship than fork over my hard earned cash to liberal actors like Clooney or Sam (I love Obama) Jackson who insult me and insert their left wing politics in their movies and off-screen. How many movies are there that don’t require these ass clowns to do that?
Not bad for a SyFy original.
i watched the outlaw josey wales today...one of the best movies Eastwood ever did...going to see the dictator tomorrow...first movie in two years to watch in the theater.
I am glad that the Expecting one is doing poorly Chris Rock is a jackass and an Obama brown noser.
Saw Battleship tonite.
Not a bad movie, even the wife liked it.
With a little willing suspension of disbelief, it can be fun to watch.
And it’s clean, too.
The five minutes I watched were very painful, but I'm sure they filmed it for almost nothing.
I watched Princess of Mars on Netflix last week. It's a halfway decent version of John Carter released in 2009. Dumb but entertaining popcorn for the mind.
I know what you mean. It’s over half of the other movie.
Battleship should have been about something factual, say the battle between the USS Washington and the IJN Kirishima.
Or even Hood and Bismarck.
Judging...that’s a big part of the FR appeal.
Note that at least in the Los Angeles ad market, Battleship had a blitz of advertising in radio, television and other media markets - a desperate attempt to turn what was likely to be a stinker into something that might break even in DVD sales. When DJs are giving away tickets to your movie, and sound like they feel bad about sticking you with them, you don’t have much of a movie to peddle.
Vs The Avengers with a pretty limited ad buy and still roaring success (they are on track for a $50 million dollar weekend, something Battleship would be happy to earn at this point in domestic receipts for the next three weeks.
I’ll have to see “The Avengers” again — I love this genre of movie, but I kept waiting to be blown away and wasn’t.
Maybe because I was coming into the theatre after a horrendous work week and was very tired. SO.....I’ll see it again and may like it more the second time around. Maybe it was just that I kept wanting to see more of Ironman and less of everyone else! :-D Incidentally, is anyone ELSE tired of the inevitable destroy New York scenes in these movies? It’s always: Manhattan, cars flipping over, cops trying their best, terrified New Yorkers running for their lives, big chunks of buildings coming down...it could be stock footage! Movie makers really have to start doing something a little differently for ‘the big final battle.’
They tied it in with the game quite well, in my opinion. If you actually see the movie you’ll see the tie-in and recognize exactly what they’re doing. This movie is very entertaining and well-done, and every Freeper should see it just to see all the real-life veterans that are featured in it. Most notable is the role of Mick Canales, played by Greg Gadson, a then-Lieutenant Colonel who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. Does the movie seem “unbelievable” in the use of the aging veterans of the Missouri? Yes, but this is a movie about an alien invasion, so who cares?
You nailed it. Studios are soooo absorbed with special effects and cgi that they forgot about story. That’s one reason “the Avengers” has succeeded-—in spite of the special effects, which at times got in the way. There is STILL nothing that takes the place of story.
And that was the worst thing committed to the digital medium. Horrible does not come close to describing that “movie.”.
Just saw The Dictator last night - and I laughed my ass off. I know Sachca Baron Cohen is a big lib but he seemed to make a movie that makes fun of leftisim and oppressive dictators. Well up until the last minute before he does a liberal speech on free healthcare for all and the 1%.
I like Avengers. But walking out of the movie, I wondered aloud to my wife: “What do aliens have against NYC taxis? Every movie like this has the aliens blowing up all of the taxis in New York. Wouldn’t it be smarter to blow up infrastructure?”
You didn’t like “Firefly”?! Heresy!
Some of these “ideas” at EW are amusing.
It is a scandal, an outrage, and a national disgrace that we do not teach our high school students about the virtual suicide charge of Taffy 3, and what was arguably one of the most astonishing David vs. Goliath surprise victories in naval history.