April 1 - ''G.I. Joe'' sequel blasts past cavemen to win box office. John Russell reports.
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Action movie "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" won the weekend box office battle in the United States and Canada, fighting off competition from cartoon cavemen, a Tyler Perry drama, and an alien-possessed heroine trying to save the human race.
"G.I. Joe," a sequel starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, secured 41.2 million dollars (USD) in domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.
Inspired by a Hasbro toy, "G.I. Joe" tells the story of elite soldiers fighting the enemy organization called Cobra as well as threats from within the federal government. The sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was slated to open last summer, but the release was delayed to convert the film to 3D.
Last week's winner, animated prehistoric adventure "The Croods," slipped to second place with 26.5 million in North America (the United States and Canada).
While "Tyler Perry's Temptation" landed in the No. 3 slot with just over 22 million.
"Temptation," a departure from Perry's hit comedies, focuses on a married woman drawn to a handsome billionaire. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian plays a small role and helped promote the film through TV appearances and social media.
In fourth place, thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" earned 14 million during its second weekend. The movie stars Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in the tale of a White House under attack.
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