Battleship Director Admits The Avengers Hurt Chances for Sequel
06.27.12 by Ryan
Last month's board game-turned-summer action movie Battleship didn't receive the worst reviews — the results ran from mostly mixed to bad, but there were a few extremely positive reviews as well. But when the movie was released last month it was crushed at the box office by The Avengers. Battleship did, however, fare better overseas, and is inching closer to $300 million in worldwide box office. "The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away," director Peter Berg recently admitted in an interview with MTV. Berg went on to say that he wished Battleship had come out before The Avengers and not after.
I would have loved to have come out three weeks before The Avengers domestically, like we did internationally because The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen. We did OK, but in hindsight — which my grandmother used to say is worth about a bucket of spit — we would have come out ahead of The Avengers, not realizing it would have become, I think, the second biggest film in history behind Avatar.
Had Battleship opened earlier as Berg suggests, it would have competed against the 4th week of The Hunger Games' box office domination, and then against Think Like a Man, which topped the box office for two straight weeks. Still, it's possible that Battleship could have contended better and have been set to become a franchise like Berg and Universal would have wanted. Berg says he "definitely" wants to make a sequel, and has a plan for the movie to become enough of a financial success to warrant one.
Battleship is a film that I would definitely like to do a sequel to. I loved making that film. I had a great time with it. 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.