It’s no secret around here that none of us at the NR HQ were at all looking forward to the live-action adaptation of the beloved Hasbro board game Battleship. The horrible trailers plus Rhianna just screamed stay away from this one. Seems we were right.
The film currently has a 33% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and did horrible at the box office in the US. While the film did surprisingly well overseas, director Peter Berg does not believe the film will receive a sequel. Thank god.
While there are many reasons Battleship was destined to fail, Peter Berg believes much blames lays on The Avengers’ shoulders.
The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away. So what I need everyone to do is go see Battleship now that they’ve seen Avengers five times. If they do that, we can definitely make a sequel. I would have loved to have come out three weeks before The Avengers domestically, like we did internationally. The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen.”
Would Battleship have done better if it was released three weeks ahead of The Avengers? Maybe, but it doesn’t really matter. Are we happy it didn’t do well, so that there is no chance of there being an even more insulting film? Absolutely.
Battleship is currently in theaters no where.