G.I. Joe: Retaliation surges to $132M worldwide, Paramount signals 3rd film is a go

Take this at face value, because there have been no official confirmations yet, but all indications (according to Andrew Stewart fromVariety) are that Paramount as greenlit a third G.I. Joe film after an exceptionally strong Easter weekend offering from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Topping most recent expectations of $100M worldwide, G.I. Joe: Retaliation actually clocked in at an impressive #132M, coming close to $52M domestically and over $80M Internationally.  An early look at domestic numbers would indicate that the film wasn’t as big as The Rise of Cobra, but adding in both domestic and international, G.I. Joe: Retaliation trumped its predecessor by over $40M worldwide!  According to Box Office Mojo, Rise of Cobra brought in about $91M in all markets, while Retaliation topped $130M.

Considering the first film was a highly marketed summer blockbuster, that’s nothing to frown at!

Time will tell whether G.I. Joe: Retaliation has the legs to continue pressing on over the next few weeks, but early indications are good, and it sounds like Paramount is happy as well.  Like other folks out there, I found some faults with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but if nothing else, I think it provided a great stepping stone towards a true G.I. Joe vs. Cobra conflict in a third film.  I’m excited that indications are this good.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation set to break $100M worldwide opening weekend

Signals have been a little bit crossed throughout the past few days with nobody entirely clear what to expect from G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s box office numbers this opening weekend.

Variety’s most recent claim is that the film will break the $100M mark worldwide over the weekend.  Domestically it has already pulled in around $26M between Thursday and Friday, with most industry speculators assuming it will come close to or break $50M domestically.  While that is slightly behind Rise of Cobra’s $54M take its opening weekend, adding in the worldwide numbers, Retaliation actually comes out about $10M ahead.  Not bad, considering Rise of Cobra was a summer film and Retaliation is a March one.

With a budget of only $130M, you’d think breaking $100M its first weekend would bode well for the franchise, but with all of the marketing dollars, it is far too early to make any determinations.

Possibly the best news from all of this, though, is that Cinemascores from audiences seeing the movie are scoring in at an A-.  That’s not bad at all.

We’ll be watching.

GIJCC confirms that Kre-On figure from Paradrop will be a Con exclusive!

With the information yesterday that the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention will feature a paradrop with a Kre-O KreOn figure, and not a traditional G.I. Joe figure, some folks figured that meant there would be a convention exclusive Kre-On figure used.

Well, the G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club took to Twitter today to confirm that fact:

So Kre-O fanatics, something to look forward to if you’re going to be in Indy next week!  Thanks to Kenny on Twitter for pointing this out to me.

IDW Limited presents G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection

IDW Limited, a new high-end collectible service from comic publisher IDW Publishing has already revealed some offerings, but had not yet dipped their toes into the G.I. Joe universe.  Until now.

IDW Publishing has announced their official run of IDW Limited G.I. Joe offerings (as we originally saw revealed on the Leaky Suit Brigade) and have even opened up pre-orders for these items.  The first pre-order is related to the IDW Complete Collection, featuring runs of the Marvel comics on chronological order!  You can pre-order these items on IDW’s Website, and view the video and associated press release below!

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IDW Limited Announces First G.I. JOE Title to Get Limited Treatment

 

G.I. JOE: COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1 Will Be Released in Deluxe Hardcover Limited Edition with More G.I. JOE Books to Follow.

 

Today IDW Limited announced its plans to release the first in a squad of limited -edition G.I. JOE offerings under license from Hasbro and based on its iconic G.I. JOE brand. Starting with G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1(www.idwlimited.com/series/gijoe), IDW Limited will be preparing several fan-favorites for deployment. Featuring a blend of original art from classic artists and modern fan-favorites, these books are the elite of the elite when it comes to collectability and presentation.

The Black Label edition (limited to 50 copies) of G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Vol. 1 will be paired with original art from one of the most recognizable artists in G.I. JOE publishing history,Herb TrimpeTrimpe is widely known for his run on the title during the ‘80s, much of which is collected in these pages ,and he’s brought his timeless style back to this book in the form of full-color original art pieces.

G.I. JOE is a book that’s close to my heart,” said Trimpe. “It’s great to see how IDW’s handled the title. Their run’s been excellent, and when they decided to launch this limited line collecting the early work that we all worked so hard on, I was thrilled to be chosen to provide art for this special edition. G.I. JOE is a timeless tradition, and drawing these pieces took me back to a different time, when I was a fan and artist who loved these characters deeply.”

Fans of G.I. JOE will have two tiers to choose from when ordering this title. The Red Label is limited to 250 copies and signed by Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe. Presented in a special cover and custom slipcase, the book will collect more than 300 pages of Trimpe andHama’s historic run on the series. That’s sixteen issues collected in a way designed to introduce new fans into the series and reward long-time fans with proper reading order and collection. The 50-copy Black Label will feature original art from Trimpe and a limited-edition tray case to house the book.

This is the first of a robust line of G.I. JOE offerings scheduled for the coming months. Look out for G.I. JOE: COBRA, THE LAST LAUGH,DANGER GIRL/G.I. JOE and G.I. JOE: IDW COLLECTION soon. The talent roster for these books ranges from John Royle to Russ Heathto Mike Hawthorne, with signatures from several key writers. There’s never been a better time to say “Yo!”

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW:

G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION DELUXE LIMITED EDITION (RED-$125.00; BLACK- $300 300 pages; 11” x 7”; hardcover) 

Full sized “40 Reasons G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be Great” poster by Twitziller

Over the past 40 days we’ve all been thoroughly enjoying Twitziller’s “40 Reasons why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be great”… well, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has finally opened in theaters across the world, and now Twitziller is offering GeneralsJoes readers a full sized “40 Reasons” Poster!

This massive compilation is being hosted on GeneralsJoes for free download.  You can “right-click” and “save as” right here, or the smaller image below.  It’s an awesome image to see all collected together.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation prep revisited – The History of Roadblock

So, the cool guys at the Cold Slither Podcast Tweeted out a link to one of my old articles covering the history of Roadblock for folks who needed to bone up on their G.I. Joe history before catching G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

That kicked a reminder at me that maybe I should get that post back up on top since G.I. Joe: Retaliation has officially opened and there might be people wondering just who this Roadblock dude is.  You can see the original post right here, but I’ve also reposted it at the Read the Rest of the Story link below.

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What’s On Joe Mind Special Edition #27 – Retaliation Recap!

Good morning, G.I. Joe fans!

A short while ago, a few of us on the What’s on Joe Mind podcast were fortunate enough to get Dave Tree on our show.  Dave had the distinction of being able to get to a screening of G.I. Joe: Retaliation nearly two weeks before official release, and was right on the show with a terrific report about the film.

Unfortunately, the information was embargoed, so the Podcast couldn’t launch until March 27th.  The special edition went live on that day thanks to the heroic efforts of Gary, but with my work and web schedule I hadn’t had a chance to post an update about it until now.  This was a fantastic special edition with Dave breaking down the film piece-by-piece.

BEWARE – HEAVY SPOILERS ARE IN THIS PODCAST

Dave literally goes through the entire film and talks about events in the movie.  So for folks who don’t want spoilers, you’re gonna want to avoid this one.  Still some terrific insight.  Check it out on Podbean, or the embedded players below.

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We’re not kidding.  If you listen to this and you don’t like spoilers BEFORE you see the movie, then its YOUR fault.  We recorded this a few weeks ago just hours after our man in the UK, Dave Tree, got to see an advance preview of GI Joe Retaliation.  While the details were fresh in his mind, he joined Justin and Gary to give his full, no holds barred report of the film.  You patiently waited THREE years since Rise of Cobra AND on top of that, ANOTHER NINE MONTH delay so they can convert it to 3D.  Now it is OUR time and OUR turn.  Is everything better in 3D?  Find out next, in this monumental and landmark special edition of WOJM!  Oh, and thanks to Jon Chu for the intro!

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HUGE thanks as always to Dave and Russ for their tireless work in covering these events for us!!

Win a signed G.I. Joe: Retaliation poster from IMax!

The fine folks from Imax have dropped me a line to let me know that they are running a very cool contest, with an even cooler prize!

Here are the details:

“We’re inviting people to use Vine (https://vine.co/), the 6-second video app, to create their own PSA video for a chance to win a G.I. Joe: Retaliation poster signed by the cast. The winner will be chosen by IMAX, and the contest ends this Sunday at midnight EDT. For inspiration, check out some of the submissions in our Gallery!

One Grand Prize winner will receive a G.I. Joe: Retaliation poster signed by the cast and a 4-pack of IMAX tickets. Two runners-up will receive a G.I. Joe hat, bag, toy and pair of IMAX tickets. Attached is an image with instructions, and you can enter via our Facebook Tab or Twitter page. “

The attached image below also outlines the requirements and the prize.  Pretty awesome!

Early reports from G.I. Joe: Retaliation Box Office are looking good

I know a lot of folks were wondering what was up with the shifting release dates, sneak previews, and other jumping around with G.I. Joe: Retaliation as we neared the Easter weekend.  As for myself, I wasn’t complaining at all, as it gave me the chance to see the film a few days early!

Turns out the move might have benefited the film.  Several early box office reports have started coming in, and signs are looking good for a strong opening for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Various articles below talk about it:

Deadline reports that chances of the film hitting a $50M+ opening weekend are good while the Hollywood Reporter says that International markets should top $100M for the opening weekend.  That would put G.I. Joe: Retaliation at around $150M for opening weekend numbers, which is half of what Rise of Cobra did for its entire theatrical run (both domestic and international).

Keep in mind that opening weekend generally makes up a large percentage of overall Box Office sales.

Interesting information to be sure, and numbers to keep an eye on.  Thanks to Twitziller and ComicBookMovie for the info.

G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club announces 2013 Convention Parachute Drop… with KRE-ONS!

This press release hit my email box this morning, with the G.I. Joe Collectors Club officially announcing the parachute drop for the 2013 G.I. Joe Convention in Indianapolis!  One key surprise was immediately evident.  The parachute figure this year will be a KRE-ON.

For those of us who are into Kre-O sets and figures this is a pretty cool twist, although I will say part of me was looking forward to a typical 4″ G.I. Joe parachute figure as well.  Regardless, it will be very interesting to see what the Collectors’ Club has up their sleeve for Kre-O at JoeCon this year.

Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below for the full release.

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