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'Avengers' caused 'Battleship' flop, says director Peter Berg

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Peter Berg has suggested that The Avengers' record-breaking box office run caused his film Battleship to flop.

Battleship faired well in overseas markets, but has thus far taken in just $63m (£40.2m) in the US on a $235m (£150m) budget.

Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Peter Berg

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Thor and Captain America battle in The Avengers














The director spoke about Battleship's underwhelming performance at the US box office in a new interview with MTV News.

"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 commented.

Berg went on to suggest that a Battleship sequel is very much tied to its US earnings.

"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," he explained.

"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."

Berg was most recently linked to directing a film version of Buzz Bissinger's book Father's Day.

Watch a Battleship trailer below:

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