"G.I. Joe" Scores Dough, But Can You Name One Megabudget Sci-fi Movie This Summer That Is Actually Good?


The craptacular G.I. Joe hit paydirt on opening weekend — $56 million here at home, another $44 million from the rest of the world. With Transformers 2 inching toward $400 million, we have proof positive that the creative locus of Hollywood now resides within the Hasbro toy company. Funeral services for plot and characterization will be announced shortly. G.I. Joe also marks the end of summer for action blockbusters that cost north of $100 and feature special effects in starring roles. As an experiment, let's look at the budget-busting toy movies that opened this summer and see if there's even one that actually achieves excellence and bears repeat viewings. I know what I'd pick for Best (hint: pointy ears) and Worst (hint: Michael Bay). But you go first. Here's the list:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Star Trek
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Night at the Museum 2
  • Land of the Lost
  • Transformers 2
  • G-Force
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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