The sci-fi epic Battleship premiered for foreign audiences more than a month before its U.S. debut, topping the box offices in almost every market. The larger than life budget left Hollywood skeptical of the movie’s ability to succeed financially, but the early international success may put Universal at ease.
The film opened in Australia, Korea, Belgium, France, and Switzerland, and 11 other territories, debuting at number one in all markets except France. Battleship‘s first day alone grossed $7.4 million, with an estimated international earning of over $300 million.
Shot at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge with Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker, the film sees a fleet of U.S. military ships up against an alien armada. The film opens up the summer movie season and for American audiences May 18.