3D action feature “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” beats DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods” at the domestic box office with a $51.7 million domestic opening, while “The Croods” passes the $200 million mark with a worldwide total of $229.1 million.
Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation -- starring Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis -- opened to $132 million at the worldwide box office, marking the top international debut of the year so far. G.I. Joe took in $80.3 million overseas and $51.7 million domestically.
In North America, Paramount and partners MGM and Skydance opened the 3D action feature on Thursday to get a jump on the holiday weekend. The film did better than expected, nearly matching the $54.7 million domestic debut of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, which opened in early August 2009, and pushing DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods into second place.
The Croods still enjoyed solid earnings during its sophomore weekend at the box office, jumping the $200 million mark with a worldwide total of $229.1 million. The animated feature, distributed by Fox, took in $26.5 million domestically for a total of $88.6 million, while overseas the film brought in $52.5 million.
In third place, the debut of writer-director Tyler Perry's sultry thriller Temptation, starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Robbie Jones, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams, opened to $22.3 million.
Antoine Fuqua's sci-fi Olympus Has Fallen came in fourth place on its second weekend at the box office, bringing in $14 million at the domestic box office for a total of $54.7 million. Millennium Films fully financed and produced the $70 million feature, which is distributed by Film District and stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd.
In fifth place, Sam Raimi's 3D fantasy-adventure Oz the Great and Powerful brought in $11.6 million during its fourth weekend out, upping the film’s domestic total to $198.3 million. Worldwide, the Disney tentpole feature jumped the $400 million mark, earning $214 million internationally for a total $412.3 million.
The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, debuted at number six, opening to $11 million for distributor Open Road Films.
Halle Berry thriller The Call came in seventh in its third weekend out, bringing Sony and TriStar $4.8 million for a domestic total of $39.5 million.
The Paul Weitz specialty comedy Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, brought in $3.3 million on its sophomore weekend, earning Focus Features an eighth place showing with $11.8 million.
Harmony Korine's R-rated indie comedy Spring Breakers, starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson, came in ninth place this weekend, earning distributor A24 Films an additional $2.8 million for a total of $10.1 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, The Steve Carell-starring comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone earned $1.3 million for Warner Bros. and New Line, bringing the film’s domestic total to $20.6 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.