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GI Joe

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It may have taken a year worth of waiting, but when "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" finally did arrive this past week, it came with a bang.

The action sequel, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Channing Tatum for all of 15 minutes, took in a truly impressive $132 million worldwide, with $50 million of that coming from the good old U.S. of A. The debut made for the second best Easter opening ever. Returns on "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" were so good, in fact, that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has already announced plans for a third movie.

The other major release of the week, Stephenie Meyer's "The Host," did not fare so well. The sci-fi adaptation took in only $11 million, good enough for just a sixth place finish, behind "Oz the Great and Powerful," now in its fourth week at theaters.

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This past weekend at the box office proved once again that it's hard to beat a colorful, computer-animated family film.

"The Croods," which tells the story of caveman family, led a surprisingly strong weekend at theaters, taking in $44.7 million and earning the top spot. The action flick "Olympus Has Fallen" with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman earned a respectable $30.5 million and a second place finish.

"Spring Breakers" expanded to 1,000 screens over the weekend and added $5 million to its total. Though the numbers may seem small comparatively to the wider release of the week, consider that the indie film from director Harmony Kornine cost only $2 million to make.

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Since most experts had expected Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to once again rule the weekend box office, the race for second place became the one to watch at the ticket booth.

In the battle between the two wide debuts of the weekend, it appeared that Steve Carell and Jim Carrey's magician comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" had the edge over Halle Berry in "The Call," but the box office results do no lie. "The Call" finished relatively far ahead of "Burt Wonderstone," with the former taking in $17 million, ahead of the latter's $10 million. Incredible, it was not.

But the real story of the weekend was found on art house screens. Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" made $270,000 on just three screens, making for an insane per theater average of $90,000. The film goes wide next week, and we will be eagerly anticipating those results.

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Disney and Sam Raimi took a big roll of the emerald die this past weekend on "Oz the Great and Powerful," and it is now safe to say that the gamble has paid off.

The "Wizard of Oz" prequel opened to massive numbers with an $80.2 million total, the third best March opening ever according to Box Office Mojo. Disney was clearly trying to replicate the March magic that Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" cast in 2010 when it opened to $116.1 million, and while they didn't quite match those numbers, the debut remains impressive, the best since "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

It wasn't all good news this weekend, however. The other new film, "Dead Man Down" with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, failed to catch fire at the ticket counter. The revenge thriller only managed a $5.3 million opening.

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Jack

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This past weekend at the box office made for plenty of giant-related puns to describe the weak opening of "Jack the Giant Slayer," and that's because with just a cursory glance at the numbers from the three major debuts, it's easy to see that things were fee-fi-fo-glum. sigh

The fairytale adventure from director Bryan Singer took in a $28 million after spending a reported $195 million to bring the beanstalk and giants to the big screen. The flop as already drawn unfavorable comparison's to last year's "John Carter," because that's the only kind of comparison one can make to "John Carter."

The week's two other debuts, "21 and Over" and "The Last Exorcism: Part II," also failed to land with audiences. The college party movie debuted to $9 million, while the horror sequel did $8 million.

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A big night in Hollywood for the Oscars meant a pretty light weekend everywhere else at the box office. The Melissa McCarthy holdover "Identity Thief" reclaimed its top spot on the charts in its third week in release and beat Dwayne Johnson's latest action effort "Snitch." The comedy took in a modest $14 million ahead of "Snitch"'s $13 million.

Perhaps the most surprising story of the weekend came from "A Good Day to Die Hard." Last week's champion suffered a pretty massive drop-off, falling 60 percent in its second weekend, taking in just $10 million, good enough for a fifth place finish.

The other debut of the weekend, "Dark Skies," opened just behind "Die Hard" with $8.8 million.

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Die Hard

It was a surprisingly good weekend to be Bruce Willis. The fifth film in the "Die Hard" series, despite atrocious reviews and a TomatoMeter reading of 16 percent, won the holiday box office by a nose with $29.3 million, over the returning champions of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief," which took in $27.8 million.

Two other debuts performed moderately well. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, "Safe Haven," and the animated family film "Escape from Planet Earth" came in third and fourth place, respectively. The romance starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough grabbed $25 million, with "Escape" taking in $21 million.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend goes to the YA newbie, "Beautiful Creatures." The adaptation only managed to scrounge up $8.9 million. The take will likely put any plans to continue adapting the book series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on hold.

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Melissa McCarthy's headlining debut in "Identity Thief" made for a box office surprise this past weekend. The comedy, which also stars Jason Bateman, opened to an impressive $36.5 million, beating out the returning champion, "Warm Bodies," and Steven Soderbergh's final theatrical effort, "Side Effects."

The zombie romance did, however, manage to hold onto a decent box office haul, adding $11.5 million to its total, which currently sits at $36.6 million.

"Side Effects," which stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum, opened to $10 million, well below the impressive start for Soderbergh's previous film, "Magic Mike." The stripper drama made for a surprise hit, taking in over $100 million in the US last year.

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Warm Bodies

Another slow weekend at the box office has led to a zombie takeover. "Warm Bodies" debuted to $19.5 million, and easily topped the only other new release of the week, Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet to the Head," which managed to muster just $4.5 million.

The zombie romance starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, in addition to taking the top spot at the box office, managed to score some of the year's best reviews, currently sitting at a 78 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The same cannot be said for Stallone and "Bullet to the Head." The Walter Hill-director film marks the second box office failure for a member of "The Expendables" this year. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand" has been pulled from wide release after just three weeks in theaters. To date, it has made only $11.7 million.

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Hansel

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This weekend's box office results stuck closely to the expectations of a soft set of January openings. None of the new releases fared particularly well, with "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" being the only debut to stand up against the returning movies.

The revisionist fairytale took in a modest $19 million against a reported $50 million budget, while "Parker" and "Movie 43" did much worse.

Jason Statham played the latest iteration of the classic Donald Westlake anti-hero in "Parker," but he did not live up to the legacy, collecting only $7 million, good enough for a fifth place finish.

The ensemble comedy "Movie 43" opened to a rough $5 million, coming in at seventh place for the weekend.

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