While critics haven’t been that kind to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the general consensus is that it “is largely a cartoonish, over-the-top action fest propelled by silly writing, inconsistent visual effects, and merely passable performances”, it still managed to rake in $100 worldwide on it’s opening weekend, which means only one thing: G.I. Joe 2.
From The L.A Times:
The film came in about $10 million under the opening weekend of “Star Trek,” which earned $75.2 million domestically and about $35 million overseas. “G.I. Joe” did better internationally, where it grossed a studio-estimated $44 million, despite not yet launching in several key markets, including Germany and Italy. It underperformed “Trek” in the U.S. and Canada, where it opened to $56.2 million.
That’s certainly good enough for Paramount to claim victory, however, and start thinking about the future. The studio’s vice chairman, Rob Moore, confirmed that a sequel will soon go into development. The film’s lead actors are contractually obligated to return for another film, though director Stephen Sommers is not.
Paramount knew G.I. Joe wasn’t all that as they only allowed a select group of critics to see it before everyone else. However, money speaks louder than reviews and we will be seeing the cast in their X-Men knock-off suits once again.