‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Kicks The Competition With $132 Million Opening Worldwide Easter Weekend, Highlight Hollywood News
G.I. Joe took in $80.3 million overseas and $51.7 million domestically, including $41.2 million for the weekend proper, the second-best domestic Easter gross behind the 2010 Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million). Internationally, G.I. Joe opened 10 percent ahead of Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuted earlier this month to $69.9 million. In North America, Paramount opened the action bonanza — headlining franchise newcomers Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis — on Thursday to get a jump on the holiday weekend. The sequel, earning an A- CinemaScore, came much closer than expected to matching the $54.7 million bow of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, which opened in early August 2009. Males turned out in force, making up 68 percent of the audience.
Overseas, the sequel is doing double the business that Cobra did (that film opened to $92 million globally). It’s doing especially well in Russia ($11 million), Latin America and Asia, where 3D remains a popular format. IMAX theaters generated $7 million of the total global gross.
The successful opening of G.I. Joe vindicates Paramount for deciding to push back the film’s release from summer 2012 in order to convert it to 3D and refashion Channing Tatum‘s role so that the actor has more scenes.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the March 29-31 weekend at the domestic box office.
1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 1/3,719, Paramount/MGM/Skydance, $41.2 million, $51.7 million
2. The Croods, 2/4,046, Fox/DreamWorks Animation, $26.5 million, $88.6 million
3. Tyler Perry’s Temptation, 1/2,047, Lionsgate, $22.3 million
4. Olympus Has Fallen, 2/3,106, Lionsgate/Millennium, $14 million, $54.7 million
5. Oz the Great and Powerful, 4/3,324, Disney, $11.6 million, $198.3 million
6. The Host, 1/3,202, Open Road Films, $11 million
7. The Call, 3/2,439, Sony/TriStar, $4.8 million, $39.5 million
8. Admission, 2/2,161, Focus Features, $3.3 million, $11.8 million
9. Spring Breakers, 3/1,379, A24 Films, $2.8 million, $10.1 million
10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 3/1,575, Warner Bros./New Line, $1.3 million, $20.6 million