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 Comment on Upcoming Movies This Week: THE HOST, G.I. JOE RETALIATION, TEMPTATION

Out with last week, in with this weeks' film releases as Open Road Films' adaptation Stephenie Meyer's The Host debuts with Paramount Pictures's G.I. Joe Retaliation and Tyler Perry's Temptation. Indie wise, one film will certainly pull in a big per theater average from its 4 venues in Focus Features' eagerly-anticipated Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. 

The sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra should turn in a strong opening from around 3,500 theaters, bringing back Duke's Channing Tatum in the lead, and now adding Fast & Furious 6's Dwayne Johnson and A Good Day to Die Hard's Bruce Willis into the mix. Also with Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Han Soto, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Byung-hun and Elodie Yung. 

G.I. Joe made it's debut in summer and how Paramount's hoping to cash in on spring break fever. The first film debuted with $54.7 million on August 7th, 2009, ending with $150.2 million at the domestic box office, while overseas the Stephen Sommers film generated $152.2 million. Jon Chu takes over directing duties here, helming from the screenplay by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. What this will make will be interesting, but I don't expect a debut gross close to the first film's as it opens alongside the ever popular Meyer's Host.

The Host has about 3,200 theaters and a massive fan base, with In Time director Andrew Niccol helming and adapting Meyer's work. The cast is frontlined by Saiorse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. We all know the hit that Twilight was, and Open Road (not Twilight's Summit distributes) is hoping to spoil the party for the Joe's.

Tyler Perry's Temptation (also known as Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor), starts its box office run in 2,000 theaters. Perry once again directs and writes, as well as producing with 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.

Blue Valentine helmer Derek Cianfrance and his star Ryan Gosling, work together again for The Place Beyond the Pines, scripted by Cianfrance, Darius Marder and Ben Coccio. The film's the gem of the weekend and, if it's in your area, should not be missed.

Other openers making their way into the field include:

  • Eran Creevy's Welcome to The Punch opens on Wednesday, starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. This thriller's also holding above average reviews thus far at, and looks like a solid crime/action thriller, also with Oblivion's Andrea Riseborough on board. 
  • Renoir from Samuel Goldwyn Films, starring Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret and Vincent Rottiers. Gilles Bourdos directs, as well as adapting with Jérôme Tonnerre and Michel Spinosa, based on the work by Jacques Renoir.
  • Pablo Berger's Blancanieves drama from Cohen Media Group, starring Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Ángela Molina.
  • Documentary offering Room 237 from IFC which delves into the work of Stanley Kubrick in The Shining, based on Stephen King's book.
  • Wrong from Rubber director Quentin Dupieux with a cast including Jack Plotnoick, Eric Juror, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little and William Fichtner.

Check back later in the week for confirmed theaters per release, and over the weekend for Friday box office and weekend estimated figures.

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