Paramount top brass have high hopes for G.I. Joe Retaliation heading into the holiday weekend and with more than 50 territories ready to launch, the action-adventure will challenge The Croods.

The sequel to 2009’s much maligned G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (which made $152.3m internationally and $302.5m worldwide) touches down day-and-date with North America in seven of the top 10 international markets.

Highlights are anticipated in the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Russia, Brazil and South Korea as well as Mexico, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Hong Kong.

DreamWorks International’s The Croods stood at $70.5m through Fox International as of Monday and will soar past the $100m this weekend when it arrives in Australia and Belgium, among 20 or so new territories.

Fox International Productions’ Dragonball Z opens in Japan and Danny Boyle’s Trance debuts in the UK.

A Good Day To Die Hard has grossed more than $222.5m, Life Of Pi $484.1m and Lincoln $81.6m.

Sony Pictures Releasing International reported that Resident Evil: Retribution has amassed $196.6m overall and $181m through Sony markets.

Django Unchained stands at $252.1m and Hotel Transylvania $198.2m.

Sony opens Triggerfish Animation’s independent animated feature Zambezia in Australia.

Cinema Management Group handled the majority of world sales on the film, which recently became the highest grossing South African feature in 30 years.

Oz The Great And Powerful has reached $189.7m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and should have little trouble crossing $200m when it opens in the final territory of China this weekend.

Wreck-It Ralph has amassed $261.2m.

Warner Bros Pictures International’s Jack The Giant Slayer has notched up $74m so far and opens this weekend in China, France, Brazil and Italy.