"G.I. Joe" opened this weekend to good numbers but bad reviews. Paramount did not screen the movie for the mainstream critics in advance, forcing them to see "G.I. Joe" over the weekend. Few of them found the film to be worth the wait.
"G.I. Joe" managed only a score of 31 among the top tier of 13 critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes. And it did little better over at Meta Critic with an average mark of 32 from 22 reviews. That puts it behind Paramount's other big summer blockbuster "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" which managed 35 at Meta Critic.
While "G.I. Joe" took in $55 million over the weekend, the "Transformers" sequel raked in more than that in its first day of release. It has gone on to gross almost $400 domestically and over $815 million worldwide. By comparison, "G.I. Joe" dropped 18% from Friday to Saturday. Could those late reviews have hurt the movie where it matters most – at the box office?
"G.I. Joe" is already in the cross hairs of the Razzie Awards: "Hollywood sinks to a new low in its pursuit of utter NON-originality. Based on a long dormant line of action figures, it looks like The Ultimate 9-Year-Old Boy Movie (something aimed at 9-year-olds that could also have been made by 9-year-olds)."