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You’d have to be a brain dead studio executive not to be sending director Jon Chu flowers this morning in the aftermath of Chu’s “G.I Joe: Retaliation” retaliating to the tune of $132 million in worldwide box office, with over $51 million of that coming from Stateside moviegoers. This is quite the haul for the movie, which was delayed an entire year after it was originally set to hit theaters in 2012.
“Retaliation” easily took the top spot, beating out fellow studio newcomers “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” (third place with $22 million) and “The Host”, which opened out of the Top 5 at sixth place and $11 million. Based on the novel by “Twilight’s” Stephenie Meyer, “The Host” didn’t exactly prove to be a world-beater, and I think it’s probably safe to say that Meyer is a one-trick pony, and that trick is named “Twilight”. The bright side is that “The Host” only cost $40 million to make. So, you know, there’s that.
Last week’s #1, “The Croods” added $26.5 million, beating out Tyler Perry’s latest for the second spot. The caveman animated movie that features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, has made a whopping $227 million worldwide so far in just two weeks of release.
Besides the fact that we’re probably getting a “G.I. Joe 3″, the fact that Jon Chu has directed a major hit probably means he’ll be able to get whatever movie he wants to do next up and running post-haste. Which means … a “Masters of the Universe” movie, perhaps? He’s certainly been talking it up enough.
Via : Box Office Mojo