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In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, an alien invader attacks in a scene from "Battleship." “Battleship,” a Universal Pictures movie based on the Hasbro Inc. board game, has survived an armada of tomato-throwing critics and chugged to $170 million in ticket sales overseas. The haul goes part way to justifying the reported $209-million price tag, but after subtracting splits with theater owners, it is estimated to need about half a billion at box offices to turn a profit. With a fleet of other hotly expected blockbusters surrounding its U.S. release on May 18, the tides need to be solidly in its favor to stay above water. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

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