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G.I. Joe romps in $100.5 million in opening weekend

MUMBAI: Paramount‘s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, based on the comic book series and the television series by the same name, took the box office by storm when it grossed $100.5 million in its opening weekend.

In America, the movie fetched $56.2 million, according to studio estimates. The film also roped in $44.3 million overseas.


Though critics came out with a harsh review of G.I. Joe, the film had a stupendous opening and is likely to be among the handful of films that grossed $400 million in America alone.


The overall box office collections of the film showed a rise of 22 per cent from the same weekend a year ago, when the batman sequel The Dark Knight still stood at the No. 1 film even after four weeks in release.


G.I. Joe, featuring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a globe-trotting adventure about an elite military unit taking on a corrupt arms dealer, follows Paramount‘s Transformers as the latest toy story to make it big at the box office.


It may be noted that critical reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earlier this year had Paramount skipping screenings for critics and releasing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in theatres that went unnoticed by reviewers.

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