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Getting a jump on Easter weekend, filmmaker Jon M. Chu’s action bonanza G.I. Joe: Retaliation began rolling out late Wednesday night in North America, grossing a solid $2.2 million.

Tracking suggests the sequel with a cast led by franchise newcomers Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will post a four-day domestic debut in the $40 million to $45 million range, although Paramount believes there’s a chance of hitting $50 million.

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G.I. Joe Retaliation

Retaliation also is opening in most international markets (75 percent) and is anticipating a global opening in the $100 million range. Paramount financed and produced the film with MGM and Skydance Productions in association with Hasbro.

Unless it overperforms, Retaliation won’t match the $54.7 million domestic opening of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but that film was released during the summer play period in early August 2009. The film ultimately took in $150.2 million domestically and $152.3 million internationally for a total $302.5 million.

Paramount already is anticipating that Retaliation will hit $200 million internationally, notably more than the original.

Read more: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-report-gi-joe-431552

Click to check out Singapore movie showtimes for G.I. Joe Retaliation.

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