Director blames ‘The Avengers’ for ‘Battleship’ flop

'Battleship' director Peter Berg blames 'The Avengers' for his film's relative failure in America

Battleship director Peter Berg has blamed The Avengers for his film’s disappointing performance in the US.

The film, which stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Rihanna as US Navy officers battling an alien invasion, has taken a creditable $235 million (£150 million) outside of America since its April release. However, it has earned a less impressive $63 million (£40 million) at the US box office.

Speaking to MTV News, Berg said: “The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away. The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen.”

Berg pinpointed the film’s disappointing performance on an ill-advised release strategy, saying: “I would have loved to have come out three weeks before The Avengers domestically, like we did internationally. We did OK, but in hindsight – which my grandmother used to say is worth about a bucket of spit – we would have [released the movie] ahead of The Avengers.”

Released in May, The Avengers became the fastest film in history to take $1 billion, reaching the milestone in just 19 days. It is already the third highest-grossing film of all-time.

Despite his film’s struggle at the box office, Berg admitted that he is still keen to make a Battleship sequel. “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. 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,” he said.