Now with deep-fried Add On.
... [D]espite all the sniping and snarking, [G.I. Joe's] the biggest opener ever in August for a non-sequel, and the 3rd biggest August opener ever. It looks to debut for a $60.3M North American weekend after earning $22.3M today from a huge release into 4,007 theaters. The pic even made a " B+" CinemaScore ("A-" for under 18)
Give eighteen-year-old boys something to come see, and they'll line up by the battalion ...
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep is having a fine opening, and the macho wheel-running rodents have now pulled down almost $80 million, while those big Transforming robots near the $400 million domestic marker.
Which answers the question: "How much richer will God allow Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to become?"
(The answer: "Lots.")
Add On: Paramount doesn't let G.I. Joe out of his bunker early for critical mortar fire, and Joe pulls down $56.2 million.
Julie and Julia turns out to be good counter-programming for people older than twenty-four, and earns $20.1 million in its first weekend.
In animation land, Ice Age the Third drops 54% and tumbles from the Top Ten, taking in $2.5 million for a domestic total of $187.8 million. (Fox sheds no tears, as Blue Sky;s latest effort breaks international records.
Monsters vs. Aliens, down to 140 theaters, has collected $198.1 million.