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G.I. Joe: Retaliation shoots to top of the box office

G.I. Joe: Retaliation kept the franchise alive with a $41.2 million opening.

Blasting the competition, G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum ranked first on the domestic and international charts in its debut weekend, raking in $41.2 million in the US and $80.3 million abroad. The sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opened to noticeably less than its predecessor’s $54.7 million. However, given the previous film’s very poor reviews and generally non-special reputation, the success of the sequel is remarkable, and renews hope for the vitality of male-targeted action films when considered alongside last weekend’s successful Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million).

In second place, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods fell 39% in its second week of release to $26.5 million for a total of $88.6 million domestically so far. Internationally, the family film also ranked second, taking in $52.5 million.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation, a drama about a marriage counsellor’s relationship troubles from the oft-comedic filmmaker took the third spot with an impressive $22.3 million. This is Perry’s ninth title to open over $20 million, with the only other directors to have secured that many over $20 million openings being Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

Holdovers took the next two spots, with popcorn action flick Olympus Has Fallen dropping from second to fourth place in its second week and earning $14 million for a total of $54.7 million so far. The Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler starring film opens April 17 in the UK. In fifth place, Oz The Great and Powerful took in $11.6 million for a total of $198.3 million through four weeks. The fantasy adventure also ranked fourth internationally with $22.2 million.

The Host starring Saoirse Ronan, the new young adult offering from Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer, was a great disappointment with only $11 million in sixth place on its debut weekend. The Host tells the sci-fi story of a young girl whose body is taken over by an extraterrestrial being. The first Twilight film earned $69.6 million, so it looks like The Host won’t rival Meyer’s flagship franchise. This is the second attempt to target the supernatural-loving teen demographic by studios this year, with Beautiful Creatures debuting to just $7.6 million in February.

The Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin thriller The Call ranked seventh with $4.8 million in its third week. Its running total stands at $39.5 million, a marked success for the $13 million-budgeted kidnapping drama. Romantic comedy Admission with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd sank to eighth place in its second week, taking in only $3.3 million for a meagre total of $11.8 million.

Indie satire Spring Breakers starring James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens dropped to ninth place with $2.8 million in its second week of wide release. UK audiences can see the provocative crime drama next weekend. Meanwhile, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone burnt out in tenth place with just $1.3 million in its third week. The Steve Carell and Jim Carrey starring massive flop has grossed only $20.6 million so far, and will likely complete its disappearing act soon.

Other films that charted internationally included Jack the Giant Slayer, ranking third with $25.2 million, and Dragon Ball Z: Kami to Kami ranking fifth, a Japanese anime hit that grossed $7 million in Japan alone.

Next week’s US releases include horror-fest Evil Dead as well as the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, while in the UK horror-thriller Dark Skies premieres Wednesday, with All Things To All Men, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Spring Breakers to come on the weekend.

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