Didn't see this posted anywhere and search found nothing - not sure what to say.......Maybe they thought Liam Neeson would help it out.....
It's official - it's a bomb, not that I was expecting anything else
Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts publicly acknowledged Friday what has been largely ignored by the Hollywood media: "Battleship" is a big, bad, "John Carter"-sized flop. [Comcast owns a controlling interest in NBCUniversal, the parent company of Universal Studios, which distributed "Battleship."]
Speaking at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic decisions conference in New York City, Roberts said that the poor performance of the alien invasion film, which he labelled "an unfortunate, large miss," coupled with the failure of the comedy "The Five Year Engagement," will drag down earnings at NBCUniversal.
In contrast, in the same quarter last year, Universal was basking in the success of "Bridesmaids" and "Fast Five." "This year you put that together, we'll have a negative quarter at NBCUniversal, as we've sort of told folks," Roberts informed the Wall Street crowd.
Also read: 'John Carter' Loss Expected to Be $200M
In a summer where anything that is not "The Avengers" seems to be stumbling at the box office, "Battleship" has been the biggest turkey. Filmed for more than $200 million with untold millions more spent to market the picture around the world, the board game adaptation has eked out roughly $50 million domestically.
Yet, as Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times noted recently, its abysmal performance has not received the same frenzied coverage that "John Carter" did when it lost Disney some $200 million.
Instead, Universal was able to successfully turn attention away from the size of the box office turkey by touting "Battleship's" more robust foreign grosses of $232.7 million, despite the fact that is roughly what "John Carter" racked up abroad.
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"With 'John Carter' out in front, it became the poster child for studio excess, allowing 'Battleship' to stay, at least to some degree, out of the line of fire," Goldstein writes.
He adds: "With 'Battleship,' the fascination with Hollywood flop sweat had already worn off. When I asked a veteran showbiz reporter why his publication had spent so little time covering the demise of 'Battleship,' he joked: 'I guess we all had the same reaction -- didn't we just write that story already?'"
As for Roberts, he said the studio was "hopeful" that "Snow White and the Huntsman" would be a hit with audiences when it opens this weekend. Still movies seemed to be of less interest to the cable executive than pay television. Although Universal boasts a library that includes such film classics as "Jaws" and "The Sting," that was not the driving force behind Comcast's $13.8 billion merger with the entertainment company last year. "We want to continue to invest in cable programming," Roberts said. "That's why we bought the company."
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This is all I'm gonna say
I love how they still call it a board game "adaptation." Not having seen it, other than the characters being on Navy ships, what the heck does an alien invasion movie have to do with the board game?
May as well call Candyman a Candyland adaptation, because they have about as much to do with each other
This. One just had to sit back, suspend belief, and thoroughly utterly enjoy
watching that old battleship come to life.
I would argue watching those old guys go about their business and that
old ship doing ITS business was the best part of the movie.
Way too many plot holes overall, but honestly, I enjoyed it more than MIB3.
Just watched it on Demand a few minutes ago. I have to say that I really liked it. Sure it had some holes in it, but considering it was 2 hours and 10 minutes long, it kept me interested the whole time. And seeing them kick some alien ass was great!
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