About half the stars of “G.I. Joe Retaliation” – D.J. Cotrona (Flint), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye), Lee Byung-Hun (Storm Shadow) and Director Jon M. Chu made it out for the Seoul, South Korea premiere of the new movie.
You may be wondering why such an impressive roll-out of the film’s talent attended this premiere, but there’s two good reasons.
South Korea far and away had the best reception to “G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra,” the completely worthless first entry in the Joe live-action movie verse, bringing in $15.9 million. The next closest was the United Kingdom with $10.3 million.
Some of that is due to the mass appeal of South Korean native Lee Byung-Hun, who played Storm Shadow, one of ROC’s few bright spots.
Byung-Hun arguably may have been enough of a draw in the South Korean market to help “G.I. Joe – ROC” bring in more money than the far superior “Fast 5,” which brought in $11.3 million in 2011.
And on release info, because you couldn’t wait another day:
Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO, announce the following change to Paramount’s 2013 release schedule .
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, previously scheduled for March 29, 2013, will now open in 3D on March 28, 2013 (wide).
I’m not sure just what is the significance of opening a day earlier unless Paramount bigwigs figured they could lose some potential audience members who may be attending Good Friday services or if they just wanted to get an early jump on the Easter weekend.