Box office preview: 'Evil Dead' will try to put 'G.I. Joe' in the grave

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It’s been a tough year at the 2013 box office so far. Altogether, the film industry has racked up $2.267 billion worth of ticket sales, a whopping 12.5 percent decrease from the $2.55 billion that movies had earned at the same point in 2012.

It seems unlikely that the hordes of dead bodies and dead dinosaurs hitting theaters this weekend will resurrect the struggling box office — that won’t happen until May, when Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III debut — but The Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D should be able to achieve hearty numbers nonetheless.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Evil Dead – $24 million
The brand new horror film, from Sony, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House, should top the box office this weekend. Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, and it’s been earning positive buzz and geek-cred for months after screening at festivals like SXSW. The combination of built-in anticipation, nostalgia, and  reliable gore-loving audience members may drive the film, which carries a small $17 million budget, to a $24 million weekend. It could reach higher, though its R-rating limits appeal considerably. READ FULL STORY

Third 'G.I. Joe' film in the works -- REPORT

The G.I. Joe franchise is getting the trilogy treatment, Variety reported Monday. Paramount, however, had no official comment on any plans for a third film.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation — the second installment in the successful franchise — came out of the gates strong this past weekend, earning an estimated $41.2 million domestically, and $80.3 million in foreign box office thanks in part to the 3D up charge. In its first weekend alone, the film is almost halfway to the first movie’s $302 million worldwide earnings, so it’s easy to see why the studio might be eager to immediately green light a third film. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'G.I. Joe' wins Easter Weekend with a muscular $41.2M; 'The Host' can't generate 'Twilight' heat

Turns out putting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the lead role is a good idea to keep a franchise going. G.I. Joe: Retaliation soldiered into the top spot over Easter weekend, piling up $41.2 million over three days and bringing the four-day cume to $51.7 million. Retaliation didn’t quite set the record for Easter weekend — those bragging rights belong to 2010’s Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) — and it didn’t quite match the opening of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra‘s $54.7 million bow in 2009. But Johnson and Channing Tatum’s starpower helped keep the attrition from the poorly received Cobra to a minimum. Plus, the overseas figures are far out-pacing Cobra, bringing Retaliation to a healthy $132 million global total, roughly matching the $130-plus million budget for Paramount. Not surprisingly, the testosterone-heavy action pic attracted a 61 percent male crowd who gave it a strong “A–” CinemaScore.

Also having a good Friday and good run in general was Dreamworks’ animated Stone Age comedy The Croods, which grossed $26.5 domestically in its second weekend and sailed past the $200 million mark internationally for a 10-day total of $229.1 million. Tyler Perry turned far away from Madea with his steamy thriller Temptation, which paid off for Lionsgate with a voluptuous $22.3 million. Starring Friday Night Lights‘ Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Kim Kardashian, who brought the film outsize media attention, Temptation didn’t reach the heights of Madea’s Big Happy Family opened ($25.3 million) or Why Did I Get Married Too? ($29.3 million), which were both sequels, but it did outperform industry expectations. Tyler Perry’s name still means money, even if precedes the full title Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. It’s the ninth Perry film to debut over $20 million; the only other directors to have reached that distinction are Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

Despite its Twilight connections, no one had overly high hopes for the alien invasion romance The Host, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. Neither the novel nor the three leads — Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel — were nearly as squeal inducing to the largely female audiences that made Twilight popular. Weighed down by laughably bad reviews and unappealing trailers, The Host disappointed with $11 million in sixth place.

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $41.2 million
2. The Croods – $26.5 million
3. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – $22.3 million
4. Olympus Has Fallen – $14 million
5. Oz the Great and Powerful – $11.6 million
6. The Host – $11 million

In the limited market, the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Behind the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper, grossed $270,184 in only four theaters. The per-theater average of $67,546 is the second-largest of the year behind the buzzy Spring Breakers.

Box office update: 'G.I. Joe' takes a commanding lead on Friday with $15.5 million

Following a solid $10.5 million Thursday, Paramount’s long-delayed sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation stayed on top of the box office on Friday with $15.5 million.

The action film, which stars The Rock, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis, may take in about $38 million over the three-day period — if that seems like a low weekend multiplier, it is, but that’s due to families staying in for Easter and the NCAA tournament — which would give it about $49 million since its Wednesday night debut. For reference, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra started off with $54 million in its first three days in 2009. Paramount claims that Retaliation cost $130 million, but a recent L.A. Times story suggests the budget actually climbed to $185 million.

Last weekend’s victor, The Croods, slipped to second place with $10.7 million. The $135 million family film may take in about $28 million over the weekend, which would bring its total to $90 million after ten days.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation got off to a great start with $9.4 million on Friday. The $20 million Lionsgate film is headed to a strong $22 million weekend, higher than Perry’s last non-Madea film, Good Deeds, which opened with $15.6 million.

The Host began its run in fourth place with $5.5 million, which should yield a weekend in the $13 million range. Open Road says the film cost about $40 million. Olympus Has Fallen was close behind with $4.8 million, though it may surpass The Host by Sunday night.

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $15.5 million
2. The Croods – $10.7 million
3. Temptation – $9.4 million
4. The Host – $5.5 million
5. Olympus Has Fallen – $4.8 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

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Box office preview: 'G.I. Joe' ready to duke it out with 'Temptation' and 'The Host'

It’s Easter weekend, which means that families are together, candy is getting unwrapped, and off-of-work Americans across the country are planning to hop on over to the movies. Family films tend to thrive on Easter weekend, thanks mostly to the Sunday holiday and the fact that extended family members visiting one another need something to do — other than argue. This year, Easter falls in the thick of March Madness, which may keep basketball fans on the bench couch, but a trio of high profile new releases will help counteract that distraction, and the box office should earn a respectable sum.

Here’s how the weekend rankings might shake out:

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $35 million ($43 million four-day total)
Many were surprised when Paramount ordered a sequel to the 2009 under-performer G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The action film, which starred a pre-A-list Channing Tatum, earned $150.2 million domestically ($302 million worldwide) against a $175 million budget. Certainly no great shakes. But Paramount, MGM, and Skydance Productions pressed on with a follow-up, shifting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the lead role (Tatum was reportedly killed off in the original version of the film, which was mysteriously pushed back from summer 2012 to 2013 following Tatum’s breakout spring in The Vow and 21 Jump Street so paramount could “add 3D”) and tightening up the budget to $130 million. READ FULL STORY

Adrianne Palicki talks 'tough girl' Lady Jaye in 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

Adrianne Palicki is the only girl on a team full of guys in the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation, playing Lady Jaye, the self-described “intelligence” of the group alongside Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. (She also doubles as a weapons expert.) EW sat down with Palicki last night at AXE’s Facescore event, where the actress squared off against Denver Linebacker Von Miller in a series of challenges including a walk-off and a Wii snowboarding battle. In case you were wondering, Palicki won.

Before the battle, Palicki previewed some of what’s to come later this month with G.I. Joe — including her SEAL-approved workouts and those reported reshoots.

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'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' trailer: The sequel is back, now with 20% more Channing Tatum

G.I. Joe: Retaliation was famously slated to hit theaters in June, a release date that would have made it the fifth movie starring emergent superstar Channing Tatum. Just one problem: as the early trailers for Retaliation implied, Tatum wasn’t in the movie very much. That, along with the apparent thirst for some of that sweet 3-D cash, led Paramount to push the toy-soldier sequel into 2013. A new trailer for the movie has just arrived, and curiously, it’s not all that different from the Retaliation trailer that appeared almost exactly a year ago. It does feature a new scene with Channing Tatum, a joke about North Korea, and notably less dubstep. So it’s got that going for it. Which is nice. Watch the new trailer: READ FULL STORY

New 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' trailer: Everything you'd seen before, but kinda different! -- VIDEO

The newest trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t all that much different from the previous trailers. We still get a brief glimpse of Channing Tatum before he seems to be blown to smithereens. We still witness a winky Bruce Wills as the original G.I. Joe cracking wise about his cholesterol. We still see the city of London go kablooey. And we still have the the pleasure of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showcasing his terrifying-yet-transfixing biceps. But since the movie was abruptly bumped from its summer 2012 release to March 29, 2013 for a conversion to 3-D, a reshuffled refresher of why you were jazzed to see the film in the first place is in order. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' pushed to 2013, will be converted to 3-D

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Just over a month before its original premiere date of June 29, Paramount Pictures has pushed G.I. Joe: Retaliation to March 29, 2013, in order to convert the film into 3-D, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first broke the story.)

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum, the sequel just had a splashy showcase at the movie exhibitor confab CinemaCon, and posters for the film have been appearing in movie theaters for weeks (although the film is touted only as “Coming Soon,” with no release date listed). READ FULL STORY

CinemaCon 2012: London gets bad news in 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' -- NEW TRAILER

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In England during the 1980s, the American armed-forces cartoon G.I. Joe was renamed Action Force, to help internationalize the characters.

Based on what happens to London in the new trailer for the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, they won’t be calling it anything there anymore. After the first movie, 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, pulverized Paris and toppled the Eiffel Tower, the second film in the series turns the U.K.’s capital into the world’s biggest bowl of mushy peas, courtesy of a giant space weapon being controlled by a ruthless terrorist organization. READ FULL STORY

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