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There are probably plenty of reasons why Paramount’s Battleship didn’t perform well. Maybe it’s a concept that didn’t garner too much interest, maybe it strayed so far from the source material, limited as it might have been, or maybe, like our review said, “it’s so terrible, so mind-numbingly incomprehensible, so targeted to the ADD generation that it somehow manages to be absurdly fun” — a specific brand of fun that might not appeal to everyone. But, director Peter Berg tells MTV Splaspage, he knows the real reason: Marvel’s The Avengers.
“We kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away,” he said. “The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen.”
The director goes on to say that he wishes the film had been released domestically ahead of Marvel’s mega-blockbuster like it was overseas. It could be argued that, had Battleship been better received — or, as some would put it, better made — it would have actually offered The Avengers some competition instead of coming in a distant second the weekend of its release.