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In Theaters Easter Weekend: G.I. JOE RETALIATION, THE HOST

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Paramount Pictures' actioner G.I. Joe Retaliation is already off to a start with grossing $2.2 million from late night showings, while the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, sent out by Open Road Films, starts its run today.

G.I. Joe 2 debuts in 3,719 theaters, looking to post one of the biggest Easter weekend debuts ever, with a cast including Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki among others, under the helm of John M. Chu. 

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (helmed by Stephen Sommers) made its debut back in 2009 with $54.7 million, prior to accumulation over $150.2 million at the N. American box office, and $152.2 million from international playings. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese script, and the film also includes Ray Stevenson, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Han Soto, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Byung-hun and Elodie Yung. The first film wasn't exactly incredible, and this one's no different, we gave it a below average 2/5 score in our review.

The Host makes its way into 3,202 theaters, but with a mere 10% positive score from critics, the film's a stinker. Still, the soap opera sci-fi film will anchor in its Stephenie Meyer fan base, writer of the uber-successful Twilight-books-turned-to-movies, which were also stinkers in pretty much every way. This won't even come close to the same business, and should turn in around $15 million over the weekend, as opposed to Joe's $40+ million debut.

In Time director Andrew Niccol directs and adapts with a cast including Saiorse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. 

Tyler Perry's Temptation (a.k.a. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor) has 2,047 theaters, with Perry once again at the wheel, scripting and also producing alongside Ozzie Areu and Paul Hall. The cast of the PG-13 rated drama stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Robbie Jones, Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian, Renee Taylor and Brandy Norwood. Expect this one to turn in around $18-19 million come Sunday weekend estimates.

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ray LIotta and Bruce Greenwood star in The Place Beyond the Pines, this weekend's stand out in terms of pure quality. Cianfrance, Darius Marder and Ben Coccio script. 

More limited releases are as follows:

  • Welcome to The Punch opens in 2 theasters, starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough, and also has mediocre reviews. 
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films' Renoir, starring Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret and Vincent Rottiers. Directed and adapted by Gilles Bourdos with Jérôme Tonnerre and Michel Spinosa, based on the work by Jacques Renoir.
  • Blancanieves directed by Pablo Berger starring Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Ángela Molina.
  • Room 237 documentary from IFC - looks at Stanley Kubrick's work in The Shining, based on Stephen King's book of course.
  • Quentin Dupieux's (Rubber) Wrong including Jack Plotnick, Eric Juror, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little and William Fichtner.

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