31 March 2013 12:20 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

G.I. Joe: Retaliation was the big attraction over Easter weekend, though Tyler Perry's Temptation also demonstrated once again how solid Perry's niche is. Meanwhile, The Host's disappointing debut was the latest sign that the young-adult genre is fading.The Top 12 earned an estimated $140.8 million, which is nearly identical to the same weekend last year. The G.I. Joe sequel grossed an estimated $41.2 million this weekend, which ranks as the second-highest Easter debut ever behind 2010's Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million). Including Thursday, the movie has earned $51.7 million; that's a bit below G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's $54.7 million three-day start in August 2009. For its three major stars, this is also a potent opening: it ranks third-highest for Channing Tatum, second-highest for The Rock, and it's remarkably the top debut ever for a Bruce Willis movie.The fact that G.I. Joe: Retaliation retained so much of its predecessor's opening in »


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