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."

"It was a movie that I tried as hard as I could to get inside of," Berg said. "But the concept is so big and powerful, and the money is so big and so powerful, that the movie is going to run away with itself."

Berg, who called working on "Battleship" an "eye-opener," has a close connection to the film. HIs father was a naval historian and he made sure to use real military veterans in key roles.

"I wanted to do a Navy film and I'm thinking, right now, in our business, there are these huge movies that are getting made -- I wanted to make one of these big 'super movies,'" he told Moviefone earlier this year about his decision to direct "Battleship." "I thought, 'What if I create an adventure story around something as simple as 'Battleship'?'"

If only it ended up being that simple.

"Battleship," which is actually closing in on $300 million in total ticket sales worldwide despite indifference in America, is out in theaters now.

[via TheWrap]

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    <strong>Cost</strong>: $44 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong> $3.4 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $40.6 million Director Michael Cimino had all sorts of cachet following his Oscar-winning work on "The Deer Hunter." His next feature? This costly mess, which is still synonymous with Hollywood hubris gone mad, 32 years after its release. Like "Cutthroat Island" did with Carolco, this film eventually led studio United Artists to shutter its doors.

  • "Ishtar," 1987

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $55 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $14.3 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $40.7 million The road to ruin. The Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman comedy (from director Elaine May) was rife with post-production woes, which led to bad pre-release buzz. <a href="http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/ja06/elainemay.htm" target="_hplink">As Mike Nichols</a>, May's former comedy partner, said: "['Ishtar'] is the prime example that I know of in Hollywood of studio suicide."

  • "Cutthroat Island," 1995

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $115 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $18.5 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $96.5 million The movie that sunk (sorry) both Renny Harlin's directing career and production company Carolco, though who could be surprised? Even Harlin and star Geena Davis knew "Cutthroat Island" -- about a female pirate -- was bad news from the start. "We begged to be let go. We begged that we didn't have to make this movie," <a href="http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/tb/tb110912action_director_renn" target="_hplink">he told KCRW last year</a>. "We felt that a pirate movie with a female lead was suicidal, but we were contractually obligated."

  • "The 13th Warrior," 1999

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $160 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $61.9 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $98.1 million Directed by John McTiernan ("Die Hard") and eventually re-cut by author Michael Crichton (who wrote "Eaters of the Dead," which the film was based on), "The 13th Warrior" was another career-altering bust. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2003-11-20#celeb8" target="_hplink">The film left such a sour taste in the mouth of co-star Omar Sharif that he retired from acting for four years</a>.

  • "Battlefield Earth," 2000

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $103 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $29.7 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $73.3 million Based on the book by L. Ron Hubbard, "Battlefield Earth" was one of the worst-reviewed films ever. Perhaps star John Travolta would have had better luck bringing "Dianetics" to the big screen?

  • "Town & Country," 2001

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $105 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $10.3 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $94.7 Thanks to star Warren Beatty's meticulous nature, this romantic comedy took three years and millions of dollars to produce. When it was finally released in 2001, audiences didn't care: "Town & Country" was an all-time bust and marks the last time Beatty appeared onscreen. <strong>CORRECTION</strong>: An earlier version of this slide stated that Warren Beatty was the director of "Town and Country."

  • "Pluto Nash," 2002

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $120 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $7.1 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $112.9 million From "Holy Man" to "Showtime" to "Meet Dave" to the recent release "A Thousand Words," Eddie Murphy is dependable for one thing: box-office washouts. "Pluto Nash" was his most notorious, a $100 million space "comedy" that couldn't even gross $5 million <em>total</em> at the domestic box office.

  • "Gigli," 2003

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $74 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $7.2 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $66.8 million Jennifer Lopez was right: It <em>was</em> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZyZbn5baJk" target="_hplink">"turkey time."</a>

  • "The Alamo," 2004

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $145 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $25.8 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $119.2 million Forget "The Alamo."

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    <strong>Cost</strong>: $120 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $48.6 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $71.4 million How do you know this James L. Brooks romcom was doomed for disaster from the start? Look at the budget, which spiraled out of control after reshoots.

  • "Mars Needs Moms," 2011

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $175 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $38.9 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $136.1 million <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley" target="_hplink">Lost in the uncanny valley</a>. The Robert Zemeckis-produced motion-capture spectacle, "Mars Needs Moms," was such a costly mistake, <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disney-kills-robert-zemeckis-yellow-167415" target="_hplink">Disney canceled the director's plans to remake "Yellow Submarine" in a similar fashion</a>.

  • "Green Lantern," 2011

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $325 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $219.9 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $105.1 million Despite over $100 million in domestic grosses, "Green Lantern" wound up being a write-off for Warner Bros. Worse, any hope to turn this fringe comic character into a franchise like "Iron Man" -- one that could produce income for the studio for years to come -- was lost. Hal Jordan wasn't kidding about that whole "blackest night" thing.

  • "John Carter," 2012

    <strong>Cost</strong>: $375 million <strong>Worldwide gross</strong>: $282.7 million <strong>Total losses</strong>: $92.3 million John Carter of flops. The costly live-action debut from Pixar director Andrew Stanton <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-carter-cost-disney-millions-301704">reportedly lost Disney $120 million</a>, this despite grossing almost $300 million worldwide.

  • "Battleship," 2012

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