Previously, I reported that Peter Berg’s military versus aliens flick based on a board game ‘Battleship’ was topping box office charts all over international markets, totaling in 24 out of 26 number one spots. Now, Deadline is reporting that after being in theaters for twelve days, the movie has officially surpassed the $100 million mark. After this weekend, the total should be in the ballpark of $126.7 million, to be more precise, and after two weeks, the film will have accumulated 37 number one openings out of 50.
When the film opened in Russia on Thursday, it opened number one and grossed $2.1 million. The combined weekend gross so far is $4.3 million, better than both ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Thor’. In Ukraine and China, ‘Battleship’ was Universal’s biggest opener in history. And out of the territories it opened in last week, it held the top spot in Germany, Austria, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Before opening in the USA on May 18th, Universal has 14 more territories to open, including Israel on May 3rd, South Africa on May 4th, and Latin America on May 10th. The studio is hoping to continue to make big bucks overseas to recoup after the $209 million it cost to make the movie because no one is expecting it to do very well here in the States.
Like I said in my last article, I’m in complete and utter shock that this movie is doing so well! I know that a crowd can get behind mindless popcorn flicks, but this one? Whatever… I’ll be able to judge better once I finally see it.
Peter Berg’s ‘Battleship’, a movie based of the Hasbro children’s game, opens on May 18th, 2012. It stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, and Liam Neeson.