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'The Avengers' wins again with $15.3 mil on Friday; 'Battleship' flounders with $9 mil
EW ^ | May 19, 2012 | by John Young

Posted on 05/19/2012 8:45:35 PM PDT by SMGFan

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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 didn’t have in mind when it green-lighted the $209 million picture. By comparison, the year’s other big expensive flop, Disney’s 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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I played Battleship in the 70's. Remember the TV ads "You sunk my Battleship!". Clearly most in US agreed with me and had no interest.
1 posted on 05/19/2012 8:45:41 PM PDT by SMGFan
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2 posted on 05/19/2012 8:47:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Oh that is Great!


3 posted on 05/19/2012 8:48:59 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan; KevinDavis

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.


4 posted on 05/19/2012 8:50:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SMGFan

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is tanking, too. So is “The Dictator.”

Baaaaaaaad weekend at the box office. (Except for “The Avengers.”)


5 posted on 05/19/2012 8:50:38 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: dfwgator

That is awesome!

I love it.


6 posted on 05/19/2012 8:51:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: dfwgator

Good stuff. Ya got me sheriff. Had to do a search. LOL!


7 posted on 05/19/2012 8:59:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: SMGFan

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


8 posted on 05/19/2012 9:01:01 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: SMGFan

Shoot, I’d sure like to “founder” with 9mil in a weekend.


9 posted on 05/19/2012 9:04:03 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: dfwgator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXoYK4b_q24

My Little Ponies
Taking over Earth!


10 posted on 05/19/2012 9:06:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

We went to see “Battleship” today and found it to be quite entertaining. I have no trouble recommending it.


11 posted on 05/19/2012 9:10:06 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

There was an immitation “battleship” on SYfy tonight. It was called Warships, should have been called the USS Iowa verses the aliens.


12 posted on 05/19/2012 9:12:57 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: GeronL

Meanwhile a true story with lots of battleships and naval warfare (Leyte Gulf) goes unfilmed....


13 posted on 05/19/2012 9:14:22 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: GeronL

I didn’t know that you were a Bronnie! ;)


14 posted on 05/19/2012 9:14:49 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: SMGFan

Loved Avengers, saw it five times. I’m not going to see Battleship in the theater.


15 posted on 05/19/2012 9:24:42 PM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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To: M1903A1

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.


16 posted on 05/19/2012 9:25:01 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: SMGFan

I think it’s cleaning up in foreign markets though.


17 posted on 05/19/2012 9:26:15 PM PDT by Argus
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To: M1903A1; Perdogg

yep

perdogg: NO!!! I just thought it was funny.


18 posted on 05/19/2012 9:28:51 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: dfwgator

Ya know.....it’s not often here that LOL LITERALLY means LOL..........but by God that did. I needed that. :)

Brilliant. :)


19 posted on 05/19/2012 9:30:50 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: ForAmerica

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


20 posted on 05/19/2012 9:39:43 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

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.


21 posted on 05/19/2012 9:41:52 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk

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”?


22 posted on 05/19/2012 9:43:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Blue Ink
FOUR CONSECUTIVE FLOPS TANK HOLLYWOOD'S WINNING STREAK

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 You’re 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).

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/05/19/Weekend-Box-Office-May19

23 posted on 05/19/2012 9:50:09 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6WCZ3cZ27U


24 posted on 05/19/2012 9:58:19 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: dfwgator

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.


25 posted on 05/19/2012 10:05:28 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: GeronL

“One of the dumbest premises ever.”

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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?


26 posted on 05/19/2012 10:36:37 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Mouton

Not bad for a SyFy original.


27 posted on 05/19/2012 10:49:00 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1215 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: SMGFan
These movies are the reason Netflix exists.
28 posted on 05/19/2012 10:50:57 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: dfwgator

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.


29 posted on 05/19/2012 11:01:32 PM PDT by willyd
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To: Blue Ink

I am glad that the Expecting one is doing poorly Chris Rock is a jackass and an Obama brown noser.


30 posted on 05/19/2012 11:32:59 PM PDT by funfan
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To: SMGFan

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.


31 posted on 05/19/2012 11:42:50 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Mouton
They did the the same thing with Battle Los Angeles, SciFi called it Battle For Los Angeles.
32 posted on 05/20/2012 12:08:21 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Eye of Unk
The SyFy Channel aired their version of John Carter called the Princess of Mars last night. Might have been on before, but I just caught it when flipping channels.

The five minutes I watched were very painful, but I'm sure they filmed it for almost nothing.

33 posted on 05/20/2012 12:13:24 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: BigCinBigD
These movies are the reason Netflix exists.

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.

34 posted on 05/20/2012 12:36:14 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: Celtic Cross

I know what you mean. It’s over half of the other movie.


35 posted on 05/20/2012 12:36:48 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: SMGFan

Battleship should have been about something factual, say the battle between the USS Washington and the IJN Kirishima.

Or even Hood and Bismarck.


36 posted on 05/20/2012 12:43:52 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: M1903A1

???


37 posted on 05/20/2012 1:01:05 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Eye of Unk

Judging...that’s a big part of the FR appeal.


38 posted on 05/20/2012 1:03:57 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Celtic Cross; stuartcr

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.


39 posted on 05/20/2012 1:13:16 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: SMGFan
OK Freepers, listen up. Hollywood is leftist, anybody care to argue the point?

So, when you patronize them, you give money to the enemy. Anybody care to argue the point?

NEVER GO TO MOVIE THEATERS! (unless it's free!)

If you must watch, go the cheapeast route, cable TV, Redbox, etc.

Starve the Hollywood beast.     I'm just sayin'.



40 posted on 05/20/2012 2:12:19 AM PDT by 867V309
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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.’


41 posted on 05/20/2012 3:51:53 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: dfwgator

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?


42 posted on 05/20/2012 4:33:51 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL


43 posted on 05/20/2012 4:57:17 AM PDT by KevinDavis (The birther movement was started by a 9/11 truther..)
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To: 4rcane

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.


44 posted on 05/20/2012 5:00:12 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Kickass Conservative

And that was the worst thing committed to the digital medium. Horrible does not come close to describing that “movie.”.


45 posted on 05/20/2012 5:09:35 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: willyd

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%.


46 posted on 05/20/2012 5:17:47 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: freepertoo

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?”


47 posted on 05/20/2012 5:21:34 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: SMGFan

You didn’t like “Firefly”?! Heresy!


48 posted on 05/20/2012 5:26:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: dfwgator

Some of these “ideas” at EW are amusing.
http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20483133_20596167,00.html


49 posted on 05/20/2012 5:28:01 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: M1903A1
Meanwhile a true story with lots of battleships and naval warfare (Leyte Gulf) goes unfilmed....

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.

50 posted on 05/20/2012 6:05:26 AM PDT by Castlebar
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