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'Battleship' director admits the film has 'underperformed'

Rihanna’s movie debut in Battleship turns out to have been a bomb. The big budget action film has seriously underperformed at the box office, and the movie’s director, Peter Berg, has admitted the project has underwhelmed to say the least. The Huffington Post reports:

And you thought “John Carter” was a bust. After four weeks of release, “Battleship” has grossed just $59.8 million in North America, nearly $7 million less than “John Carter” had earned after its fourth weekend earlier this year. That puts the Peter Berg film on the unfortunate track of grossing less domestically than the derided “Carter,” an ignominy that director sees as a learning experience.

“I have a movie in theaters right now which has obviously underperformed in many ways,” Berg said at the Produced By conference on Sunday. “When [a movie] doesn’t work, it’s an … interesting opportunity to look at what went wrong and how it went wrong.”

Produced By, which is hosted by the Producers Guild of America, is an event where some of the biggest players in Hollywood get together to discuss the temperature of the industry. Per TheWrap, Berg was speaking at a panel titled “Passion Projects: Making Films Everyone Says Will Never Get Made.”

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