There was a lot of debate on Twitter the last few weeks on whether or not G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF THE COBRA was going to be good or awful. Paramount went as far as only letting a few online critics see the film prior to its release. Strange as it seems, all of those critics gave it a good review.
As the film opened, the tomatometer dropped from 88% prior to opening to 39% the day of its release, but you know what, the world didn’t care. G.I. JOE brought in $56,200,000 this weekend. As of right now, knowing is half its battle, but the other half is meeting its $175,000,000 budget. My guess is that the film won’t hit that in theaters, but will on DVD.
Also debuting this weekend and coming in second, JULIE & JULIA pulled in $20,100,000, which is half of its budget. It shouldn’t have a problem surpassing that – JULIE & JULIA is a tasty hit among critics and cooking enthusiasts from all around the globe.
The disappointing G-FORCE pulled third place $9,804,000, and HARRY POTTER 6 dropped 50% from last weekend – coming from second place to fourth – with $8,880,000. HARRY’s total domestic gross is now at $273,800,000, but it’s dominated the foreign theaters with $493,000,000. Coming in fifth was FUNNY PEOPLE with an unfunny $7,866,000. This is a 65% drop from its opening numbers. FUNNY PEOPLE’s total domestic gross is now at $40,417,000, making it $35,000,000 shy of its budget.
Last, the huge disappointment A PERFECT GETAWAY debuted this weekend at #7 (read James’ reasons why here), pulling in $5,765,000.
Source Box Office Mojo