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(Deadline)   Battleship has taken in $58 million at the international box office, meaning more and more foreigners assume Americans like what Michael Bay does   (deadline.com) divider line 109
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2012-04-14 05:26:46 PM
Massive explosions translate across language and culture barriers. You don't have to understand English or American culture to understand Michael Bay blowing shiat up.
 
2012-04-14 05:47:21 PM
People from other countries need to stop biatching about how stupid American movies are if they keep lining up to see them.
 
2012-04-14 06:42:34 PM
It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?
 
2012-04-14 07:00:43 PM

Mugato: People from other countries need to stop biatching about how stupid American movies are if they keep lining up to see them.


This. We had pretty much ended David Hasselhoff career's before the damn Germans picked him up off the scrap heap.
 
2012-04-14 07:39:27 PM
It may suck, but Michael Bay isn't involved in the film. Neither is Jerry Bruckenheimer.

This one belongs to Peter Berg of, uhh... "Friday Night Lights" and "Hancock" fame.
 
2012-04-14 08:12:41 PM

rynthetyn: Massive explosions translate across language and culture barriers. You don't have to understand English or American culture to understand Michael Bay blowing shiat up.


jake_lex: We had pretty much ended David Hasselhoff career's before the damn Germans picked him up off the scrap heap.


Yep.

By the way, if you're interested in a sort of reversal of this phenomenon, check out JCVD. His monologue alone is worth the 90 minutes surrounding it.
 
2012-04-14 08:29:02 PM
$58 million isn't all that impressive. There are over 6 billion people who are not American.
 
2012-04-14 08:33:58 PM
I give it by my mid 40s until I'm completely done with new movies.
 
2012-04-14 08:43:25 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?



We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.
 
2012-04-14 08:44:03 PM

Mugato: People from other countries need to stop biatching about how stupid American movies are if they keep lining up to see them.


We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.
 
2012-04-14 08:44:45 PM
Fark did something odd with my comments. I blames the Mericans.
 
2012-04-14 08:46:14 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


Harry Potter, but the difference wasn't 5 weeks.
 
2012-04-14 08:48:09 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: $58 million isn't all that impressive. There are over 6 billion people who are not American.


Over 5.9 bn of which live on less then 1$ a day.
 
2012-04-14 08:53:33 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


Thor made a ton of money overseas before it opened in the States.
 
2012-04-14 08:58:35 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


It's going to be happening with both the Avengers and The Hobbit.
 
2012-04-14 09:09:40 PM
Whatever. Let's all go see Cabin in the Woods again.
 
2012-04-14 09:09:53 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


Tintin came out two months everywhere else in the world before the USA. Every Marvel movie opens a week or two early overseas.

Torrents: The great equalizer.
 
2012-04-14 09:14:16 PM

Giltric: B.L.Z. Bub: $58 million isn't all that impressive. There are over 6 billion people who are not American.

Over 5.9 bn of which live on less then 1$ a day.


OK, OK, let's reduce it to, say, Western Europeans. I'm sure they live on a lot more than that, and their combined population (new window) is greater than that of the U.S. A 3-day opening of $58 million wouldn't be terribly exciting here.
 
2012-04-14 09:17:14 PM

Mugato: People from other countries need to stop biatching about how stupid American movies are if they keep lining up to see them.


THIS. Enough with the tired trope (usually uttered by Americans trying to seem smart) that "Americans only like big dumb movies because they're stupid, durr." It's completely ignorant. The reason foreign films seem so good to us is because only the good ones come here. As far as what the rest of the world likes - look at every big stupid American movie that bombs, the kind that you see the trailer for and immediately think "Who the fark is going to watch that shiat?", and look at the domestic v. foreign gross. Believeing in American exceptionalism, whether for the better or the worse, is naive.
 
2012-04-14 09:18:31 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


yes.
 
2012-04-14 09:26:40 PM

Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.


And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.
 
2012-04-14 09:30:44 PM
Be interesting to see the reviews. This one looks so horrible, it might almost be good. In a "why can't I look away from this horrible trainwreck kind of way"...
 
2012-04-14 09:35:33 PM

Mugato: Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.

And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.


Very few foreign movies get any American exposure without going thorough the film festival circuit and you have to have a halfway decent movie to get that.
 
2012-04-14 09:40:28 PM

Mugato: Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.

And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.




I've seen US tv where they subtitle the softest Scottish accent. I suspect the US doesn't have much of an appetite for foreign.
 
2012-04-14 09:44:30 PM

12349876: Very few foreign movies get any American exposure without going thorough the film festival circuit and you have to have a halfway decent movie to get that.


Therein lies the rub. As many shiatty movies Hollywood makes, it's still better than anyone else.
 
2012-04-14 09:52:58 PM

twiztedjustin: I give it by my mid 40s until I'm completely done with new movies.


It happens sooner than that.

/41
 
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2012-04-14 09:58:36 PM

Bungles: Mugato: Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.

And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.



I've seen US tv where they subtitle the softest Scottish accent. I suspect the US doesn't have much of an appetite for foreign.


Nonsense, every American can recognize Scotland's greatest global cultural ambassador, Groundskeeper Willie (voiced by an American,) and most recognizable historical figure, played on film by an Australian-American.
 
2012-04-14 10:01:51 PM

twiztedjustin: I give it by my mid 40s until I'm completely done with new movies.


I'm 30 and I hit that point a few years ago.
 
2012-04-14 10:04:39 PM

Go see "The Cabin in the Woods" before Battleship knocks it from the theaters. It's a great movie and I can't believe it took two years to finally get it released. Some reviewers were disappointed because there's really no way there can be a sequel to Cabin, but why does every film need a sequel?


/Wants a sequel to "Midnight Cowboy"

 
2012-04-14 10:08:45 PM

JosephFinn: Whatever. Let's all go see Cabin in the Woods again.


This. Seeing it at least one more time.
 
2012-04-14 10:09:09 PM

Mugato: 12349876: Very few foreign movies get any American exposure without going thorough the film festival circuit and you have to have a halfway decent movie to get that.

Therein lies the rub. As many shiatty movies Hollywood makes, it's still better than anyone else.


We export all our stuff, shiatty and good. We only import the stuff the elitist critics like. Disney Channel is showing mostly shiatty American kids TV shows all around the world, while no foreign language kids shows good or bad ever get shown in America.
 
2012-04-14 10:14:23 PM

Bungles: Mugato: Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.

And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.



I've seen US tv where they subtitle the softest Scottish accent. I suspect the US doesn't have much of an appetite for foreign.


America's Next Top Model subtitled the Scottish contestant and acted like nobody could understand her without the subtitles even though she had less of a strong accent than Karen Gillian.
 
2012-04-14 10:14:31 PM

skinink: Go see "The Cabin in the Woods" before Battleship knocks it from the theaters. It's a great movie and I can't believe it took two years to finally get it released. Some reviewers were disappointed because there's really no way there can be a sequel to Cabin, but why does every film need a sequel?


It was pretty great, and that's coming from a non-horror fan. Keep in mind though, it wasn't held back from release for any creative reason - its not like they were trying to bury it. It's been a legal issue due to the bankruptcy of the studio.
 
2012-04-14 10:25:59 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


They already know nobody here wants to pay to see it in the theaters.
 
2012-04-14 10:29:18 PM

Giltric: B.L.Z. Bub: $58 million isn't all that impressive. There are over 6 billion people who are not American.

Over 5.9 bn of which live on less then 1$ a day.


Really? Tell me where so I can live like a king off of $10 a day before dying not too long later having ended my life as a smuggler, a warlord, and a legend among men.
 
2012-04-14 10:34:05 PM

rynthetyn: Bungles: Mugato: Bungles: We watch them with the same intent as when Victorians in London went to zoos see entire African village populations in cages. The spectacle of a bizarre culture.

And yet Americans don't do the same thing with ridiculous foreign movies. Maybe Bollywood movies if we're really high.

I've seen US tv where they subtitle the softest Scottish accent. I suspect the US doesn't have much of an appetite for foreign.

America's Next Top Model subtitled the Scottish contestant and acted like nobody could understand her without the subtitles even though she had less of a strong accent than Karen Gillian.


That's usually executives trying to cater to the dumbest common denominator. See also:

collider.com

US distributors were concerned that American audiences might not understand the strong South London accents, and may have even used subtitles if it were to be released in the United States.[5] Cornish acknowledged this during the SXSW Q and A. When he asked the audience, "Can I ask you guys something? American distributors are nervous about language, the slang: could you understand it?" the audience "shot back a resounding yes."[6] (new window)
 
2012-04-14 10:34:33 PM

Ashtrey: Giltric: B.L.Z. Bub: $58 million isn't all that impressive. There are over 6 billion people who are not American.

Over 5.9 bn of which live on less then 1$ a day.

Really? Tell me where so I can live like a king off of $10 a day before dying not too long later having ended my life as a smuggler, a warlord, and a legend among men.


cdn.wg.uproxx.com
 
2012-04-14 10:40:08 PM
I thought that meant that foreigners are as discriminating as most Americans in their taste of action flicks, subby.
 
2012-04-14 10:41:59 PM
Saw it last night. Pretty straightforward alien invasion movie where aliens botch the invasion from the get go, accidentally trash their own gear and underestimate the navy. Has a sequence where they use the Battleship game mechanics to track and kill the alien ship with cruise missiles and the alien weapons resemble Battleship pegs. I enjoyed it.

Also, in the first scene involving navy at Pearl Harbor, we have Japanese vs. Americans. Teehee.
 
2012-04-14 10:51:33 PM

fusillade762: That's usually executives trying to cater to the dumbest common denominator. See also:

collider.com

US distributors were concerned that American audiences might not understand the strong South London accents, and may have even used subtitles if it were to be released in the United States.[5] Cornish acknowledged this during the SXSW Q and A. When he asked the audience, "Can I ask you guys something? American distributors are nervous about language, the slang: could you understand it?" the audience "shot back a resounding yes."[6] (new window)


I saw it on DVD recently and I sympathize with those execs. Cornish egged on the audience and got the people to engage in a bit of groupthink. Most Americans would miss some or even most of the dialogue in that movie. I bet most of the audience falls into that category, but that large majority ended up echoing the small but vocal percentage of the audience who decided to say "yes." That's just how humans act in groups.

Anyway, the characters still come across correctly even if you don't catch every word -- and, really, the only words you need to catch are "believe" and "trust."
 
2012-04-14 10:53:54 PM

skinink: Go see "The Cabin in the Woods" before Battleship knocks it from the theaters. It's a great movie and I can't believe it took two years to finally get it released.


To be fair, there was a studio collapsing around it. It wasn't that no one liked the movie.
 
2012-04-14 10:54:59 PM

12349876: Mugato: 12349876: Very few foreign movies get any American exposure without going thorough the film festival circuit and you have to have a halfway decent movie to get that.

Therein lies the rub. As many shiatty movies Hollywood makes, it's still better than anyone else.

We export all our stuff, shiatty and good. We only import the stuff the elitist critics like. Disney Channel is showing mostly shiatty American kids TV shows all around the world, while no foreign language kids shows good or bad ever get shown in America.


Exactly. You want to see bad TV? British TV, the stuff we don't import, has some of the worst comedy you'll ever see.
 
2012-04-14 10:55:10 PM
Um...Battleship? Never heard of it.

/Srsly.
 
2012-04-14 10:56:43 PM

DamnYankees: It already came out overseas? Has that ever happened before, a major studio film opening internationally well before opening in the US?


Going by Boxoffice Mojo, of the top 15 movies all time, only one has earned more in US theaters than foreign(Dark Knight).

I'm surprised it's taken Hollywood this long to realize selling their movies outside the US first is the smart move.
 
2012-04-14 11:10:24 PM

JosephFinn: skinink: Go see "The Cabin in the Woods" before Battleship knocks it from the theaters. It's a great movie and I can't believe it took two years to finally get it released.

To be fair, there was a studio collapsing around it. It wasn't that no one liked the movie.


Yep, and even before MGM fell apart, they had already delayed it once wanting to convert it to 3D.
 
2012-04-14 11:13:30 PM

robsul82: JosephFinn: skinink: Go see "The Cabin in the Woods" before Battleship knocks it from the theaters. It's a great movie and I can't believe it took two years to finally get it released.

To be fair, there was a studio collapsing around it. It wasn't that no one liked the movie.

Yep, and even before MGM fell apart, they had already delayed it once wanting to convert it to 3D.


Having seen it, whoever made that decision was psychotic. Nothing in that movie calls for an upconversion. Most of the movie already takes place in extreme darkness; a conversion would have ruined it.
 
2012-04-14 11:15:23 PM
Oh, WAGH!

I missed the part where people come into Subby's home and force him to watch Bay movies.
Don't like them? Don't see them, numbnuts.
Oh, or are we going to spew the whole "hollywood will make more of theses movies and less artsy films"?
No, no they won't. I will bet a cold money that in 20 years, movies will be just like they are now.
I don't mind them. The man shoots the military like soft core porn and it's fun to watch.
I may watch Battleship twice just because Subby won't to make up for it. Moo-hoo-ha ha!
 
2012-04-14 11:16:11 PM
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2012-04-14 11:20:10 PM
They should do a Zork movie. It would be all green text on a black screen with Morgan Freeman doing voice overs.
 
2012-04-14 11:20:46 PM

FishyFred: Cornish egged on the audience and got the people to engage in a bit of groupthink. Most Americans would miss some or even most of the dialogue in that movie.


It's not like the movie was carried by its dialogue. The real issue is this: Americans won't go see movies that aren't about Americans. You'll get the oddball success, but by and large, Americans want to see movies featuring American characters prominently.

//Obviously, fantasy/sci-fi films are the exception, but we still tend to Americanize the characters and crack jokes about dwarf tossing.
 
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