FROM MTV NEWS: “You sunk my Battleship!” is not a line you’ll hear in Peter Berg’s big-screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game (“They don’t sink our battleship,” he reasoned when MTV News recently brought up the topic), but perhaps it’s a phrase Universal execs are shouting in the general direction of “The Avengers” this morning.
Earth’s mightiest heroes once again stand tall at the top of the box office pile, smiling down on a domestic weekend tally worth $55.1 million and a worldwide total of $1.2 billion. As it stands, Marvel’s superhero flick is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, and is well on track to beat “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ for third place. Meanwhile, after raking in only $25.3 million in its debut, “Battleship” is left languishing in the water. On the bright side for the Universal action flick, the movie already made $226 million worldwide, softening the blow of an otherwise disappointing domestic debut.