"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Blasts Away Competition with $41.2 Million; "The Place Beyond the Pines" Makes Headlines at Specialty Box-Office 


Good things come to those who wait, at least for Paramount Pictures. The studio shelved "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and waited nine months from its original release date and voila, the sequel hit box-office gold. The action extravaganza featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum debuted at No. 1 with $41.2 million. The film opened Wednesday at midnight bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million.

The sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" also marched at the top of the international box office earning $80.3 million. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" opened worldwide with a very muscular $132 million box-office total.

Previous weekend's box office champ, "The Croods," from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox slipped to No. 2 with $26.5 million. At No. 3 was "Tyler Perry's Temptation" with $22.3 million.

Not doing so well was Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" follow-up, "The Host." Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel, the sci-fi romance debuted at No. 6 with just $11 million.

Good news at the specialty box-office was brought upon by Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines." Opening in just four theaters, the Focus Features film starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes grossed $270, 184 for a per theater average of $67,546.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of March 29th:

1. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” $41.2 million ($80.3 million international).

2. “The Croods,” $26.5 million ($52.5 million international).

3. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation,” $22.3 million.

4. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $14 million.

5. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $11.6 million ($22.2 million international).

6. “The Host,” $11 million ($6 million international).

7. “The Call,” $4.8 million.

8. “Admission,” $3.2 million.

9. “Spring Breakers,” $2.7 million.

10. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” $1.3 million.

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