“G.I. Joe: Retaliation" had every reason to fail and flop, pushed off its initial release date and drawing bad publicity for its delays and talk of reconstituting characters that were once killed off. In fact, it was almost worse; 'Retaliation's last-minute postponement was just five weeks before its debut last summer. Taken out of its initial date (promoted with a pricey Super Bowl spot more than a year ago) the film finally landed this weekend. And while inflation plus 3D-enhanced prices couldn't help the film surpass the $54.7 million opening of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" in 2009, Paramount is likely pleased with a $41.2 million weekend, and a $51.7 four day opening (with a 2013-high $80.3 million international debut for global grosses meeting $132 million) is not too bad all things considered.