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A menacing alien machine rises from the deep in this scene from "Battleship." The movie-from-a-board-game, which debuted in Europe on Wednesday, has Hollywood betting on a franchise flick featuring aliens invading Earth, pop singer Rihanna and, of course, lots of guns. The Hasbro toy company has high hopes for successful tie-ins, too. (Universal Pictures via Associated Press)

A menacing alien machine rises from the deep in this scene from "Battleship." The movie-from-a-board-game, which debuted in Europe on Wednesday, has Hollywood betting on a franchise flick featuring aliens invading Earth, pop singer Rihanna and, of course, lots of guns. The Hasbro toy company has high hopes for successful tie-ins, too. (Universal Pictures via Associated Press)

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