Weekend Box Office: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Locks Down Second Best Easter Opening of All Time

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As expected, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, wound up on top this weekend. The action sequel earned an estimated $41.2 million from 3,719 locations, or $51.7 million including its Thursday debut. In terms of Easter openings, that is the second-highest ever, behind the $61.2 million of 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Tyler Perry’s Temptation was also a draw, leaving The Host the only new release to struggle over the 2013 Easter frame.

 Title Weekend   Total
1.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $41,200,000   $51.7
2.  The Croods $26,500,000   $88.6
3.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation $22,300,000   $22.3
4.  Olympus Has Fallen $14,000,000   $54.7
5.  Oz the Great & Powerful $11,605,000   $198.2
6.  The Host $11,002,000   $11
7.  The Call $4,800,000   $39.4
8.  Admission $3,252,900   $11.7
9.  Spring Breakers $2,758,000   $10
10.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $1,300,000   $20.5

Friday Box Office: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Leads Easter Weekend Field with $15.5 Million

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After opening to an estimated $10.5 million on Thursday (including $2.2 million from Wednesday night previews), G.I Joe: Retaliation was the easy winner at Friday’s box office. The long-delayed sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra earned a reported $15.5 million from 3,719 locations; putting it on track for a first-place weekend finish of $38 million. That would make Retaliation the third-highest Easter debut of all time, behind Clash of the Titans and 2006’s Scary Movie 4.

Opening one day after Retaliation, the weekend’s two additional new titles fell short of holdover hit The Croods. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor earned an estimated $9.4 million from 2,047 locations towards a projected first-weekend of $22 million: a debut comparable to Perry’s past Easter releases. Playing in fewer theatres, Temptation still crushed The Host. Based on Stephanie Meyer’s 2008 sci-fi novel, The Host earned $5.5 million from 3,202 locations on Friday and is expected to claim less than $15 million through Sunday.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $15,500,000 $26
2.  The Croods $10,700,000 $72.8
3.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation $9,400,000 $9.4
4.  The Host $5,500,000 $5.5
5.  Olympus Has Fallen $4,800,000 $45.5

Weekend Box Office – THE AVENGERS Claims Third Week On Top; $25.3 Million Debut Sinks BATTLESHIP

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For the third week in a row, The Avengers dominated the box office. Marvel’s superheroes added another $55 million to their domestic total – putting the film over $450 million in a record-breaking seventeen days. Meanwhile, the three new releases that lined up to challenge The Avengers all struggled in the blockbuster’s wake.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Avengers $55,050,000 $457
2 Battleship $25,350,000 $25.3
3 The Dictator $17,415,000 $24.4
4 Dark Shadows $12,770,000 $50.9
5 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $10,500,000 $10.5
6 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,250,000 $8.2
7 The Hunger Games $3,000,000 $391.6
8 Think Like A Man $2,700,000 $85.8
9 The Lucky One $1,765,000 $56.9
10 Pirates! Band of Misfits $1,450,000 $25.3

Rachel Nichols Says only Duke, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes will Return for G.I. JOE 2

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Now that Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) has officially landed the directing gig on G.I. Joe 2, speculation now turns to the cast. Rachel Nichols, who portrayed Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, recently sent out a tweet [via /Film] confirming that only a handful of the original film’s cast will return for the sequel. And by a handful I mean Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke). Nichols then followed the tweet up with this statement:

“… Thank you. After the GI JOE news I had Heavy Boots, but I’m smiling now!”

This seems to suggest that Paramount is sticking with the small handful of characters who actually worked in the original film – one of whom has plastic lips that don’t move – and vetoing the likes of Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, and even Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was clearly set up as the villain Cobra Commander in a potential sequel. This also suggests that Paramount is keeping the budget relatively smaller than the Cobra’s $175 million price tag. Of course none of this has been confirmed by the studio, so file it under rumor for now. G.I. Joe 2 is being written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Update:  Paramount has settled on a August 10th, 2012 release date for the G.I. Joe sequel.  More info here.

Jon Chu is Directing the G.I. JOE Sequel

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Last week we reported F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) were the leading candidates to direct the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.   Well, it looks like Paramount and Hasbro have made their selection and it’s going to be Chu.   While his name might surprise you as you’d think bigger name directors might want to take on the property, Chu is apparently a big fan of Joe and with Never Say Never making great money for Paramount (already over $50 million), the studio felt he was the right man for the job.  For more on the story and how the studio might be recasting some of the main roles, hit the jump:

F. Gary Gray and Jon Chu Are Leading Candidates to Direct the G.I. JOE Sequel

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F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) and Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) are reportedly among the leading candidates to helm the as-of-yet-untitled sequel to 2009′s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Per Heat Vision, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura of Paramount has recently met with a slew of directors regarding the flick, with Gary and Chu emerging as frontrunners for the gig. It is believed that the studio is aiming at a summer 2012 release for the sequel (which is being penned by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick), meaning a director will most likely be named sooner rather than later.

As for the two candidates, Gray has a stronger action background given his work with Paramount on 2003′s The Italian Job as well as helming projects such as The Negotiator and A Man Apart. For Chu’s part, in addition to his recent exploration into everything Justin Bieber-related, the director has also lead the last two installments in Disney’s Step Up franchise. So, as it stands, both candidates have experience working with a major studio…and that’s about where the similarities end. As mentioned earlier, look for more news regarding the director’s chair for the G.I. Joe sequel in the near future. [Note: My original article failed to mention that our friends over at Latino Review broke this news initially - with an additional name included in the mix, Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. All apologies, LR!]

Stephen Sommers Won’t Direct G.I. JOE 2

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Last August, we reported that director Stephen Sommers would return to helm the sequel to the dumb-yet-enjoyable G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  Unfortunately, 24 Frames is now reporting that Sommers, who supported the arguably poor decision to not screen the film for critics, is off the project.  That’s a shame, because I think G.I. Joe understood what it was and the whole experience felt like a kid playing with gigantic playsets and action figures, which is appropriate considering the film is based on a toyline.  I spoke with other critics who also enjoyed the movie and while the original did a solid job at the box office, it shouldn’t have hidden itself away and subjected itself to negative speculation and rumors.

I’m curious to see what tack the sequel will take with Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penning the script.  24 Frames reports that Paramount is currently approaching other filmmakers to direct.

Weekend Box Office – TRON LEGACY Races to the Top with $43.6 Million; HOW DO YOU KNOW Races to Obscurity

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Five, count ‘em, five releases went wide this weekend, including the much anticipated Tron Legacy from Disney.  The 3D spectacle ran circles around the competition – bringing in an estimated $43.6 million in first place, or 62% more than Yogi Bear managed in second.  Meanwhile, How Do You Know could not even live up to the very modest expectations of Sony Pictures, placing eighth for the weekend with just $7.6 million.

Title Weekend Total
1 Tron Legacy $43,600,000 $43.6
2 Yogi Bear $16,700,000 $16.7
3 Narnia 3 $12,400,000 $42.7
4 The Fighter $12,200,000 $12.6
5 The Tourist $8,700,000 $29.5
6 Tangled $8,670,000 $127.8
7 Black Swan $8,300,000 $15.7
8 How Do You Know $7,600,000 $7.6
9 Harry Potter 7A $4,645,000 $265.5
10 Unstoppable $1,800,000 $77.3

Stephen Sommers Returns to Helm G.I. JOE Sequel

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Last summer’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a fun ride that knew exactly what it was aiming for and managed to hit every mark.  Much of that was thanks to director Stephen Sommers, who brought a childlike enthusiasm to the set every day.  Now, despite rumors that a rift might have formed between Paramount and the adventure-loving director, The Wrap reports that Sommers has signed on to direct the sequel to Joe — if you enjoyed the first, you will have a lot to look forward to.

For those that didn’t quite enjoy the first film as much as they hoped, join me after the break to find out why you may want to get on board this time around.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says HESHER Has Not Been Renamed; Plus Updates on Rian Johnson’s LOOPER and I’M WITH CANCER

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One of my favorite actors is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  While some of you might only know his work from the hit NBC show 30 Rock From the Sun, over the past decade he’s delivered some great performances in such films as The Lookout, Brick, Mysterious Skin, Stop-Loss, and I even loved his work as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  So when I found out I’d be getting an exclusive interview with Gordon-Levitt for Inception, needless to say I was thrilled.

While I’ll have the entire interview online the week of release, I wanted to post what he said today about Hesher, Looper and I’m With Cancer (which is going to be retitled).  The quick info is Hesher has not been renamed to Rebel, he thinks Rian Johnson’s Looper is going to film early next year, and he’s not sure what is up with the sequel to G.I. Joe.  Hit the jump to watch part of the interview.  Look for a lot more coverage on Inception very soon:

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