G.I. Joe Conquers Easter Weekend Box Office

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The military took over America's movie theaters this past weekend, in the form of an old but durable franchise. G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the latest in the action figure-to-live action movie series, was the highest-grossing film during the period, according to figures compiled by industry tracker Box Office Mojo. In its debut, the action movie -- distributed by Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIA  ) (NASDAQ: VIAB  ) Paramount -- brought in $40.5 million in domestic ticket sales.

That performance was good enough to push last week's champion, DreamWorks Animation's (NASDAQ: DWA  ) The Croods down to No. 2. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie reaped $26.7 million, a 39% drop from its first-week gross. It's currently in its second week of release.

Rounding out the top three was the freshly released Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. The brooding relationship drama took in $21.6 million over the weekend, said Box Office Mojo. That film is distributed by Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) .

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Eric Volkman

Eric has been writing about stocks and finance since the mid-1990s, when he lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Over the course of a varied career, he has also been a radio newscaster, an investment banker, and a bass player in a selection of rock and roll bands. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Los Angeles.

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