The Karate Kid Crane Kicks The A-Team


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After three weeks at #1, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After met some competition it couldn’t withstand in two retro projects that harked back to the mid-’80s – Harald Zwart’s remake of The Karate Kid (Sony) and Joe Carnahan’s action flick based on the television show The A-Team (20th Century Fox).

It was expected to be a very close race but The Karate Kid, teaming Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, far exceeded all expectations opening with $19 million on Friday and an estimated $56 million in its first weekend in 3,663 theaters for an impressive per-site average of $15,288. That’s the third-biggest opener of a summer in which many sure-things failed to deliver on expectations and the fifth-highest opening of the year so far.

The A-Team, starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson, ended up doing less than half that business in a similar number of theaters, bringing in an estimated $26 million in its first three days. That was an opening closer to comedy TV adaptations like Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s Starsky & Hutch rather than the summer action movies like S.W.A.T.. Budgeted at $110 million, The A-Team will have to bring in a good amount of international business to make that back.

Shrek Forever After (DreamWorks/Paramount) dropped to third place, down 42% with $15.8 million in its fourth weekend and a gross of $210 million after a month in theaters. It’s currently the fourth-highest grossing movie of the year and it should move up to third place past DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train a Dragon by Friday.

The Jonah Hill-Russell Brand road comedy Get Him to the Greek (Universal) dropped two places to fourth with $10.1 million and $36.5 million in ten days, while the Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl action-comedy Killers (Lionsgate) dropped 47% in its second weekend for an estimated $8.2 million to bring its total to $30.4 million.

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time dropped to sixth place with $6.6 million and a weak $72.3 million total domestically, while continuing to do well overseas, bringing in $19.7 million for an international gross of $190.3 million.

It was followed by the family movie Marmaduke (20th Century Fox) with $6 million in seventh place–a considerable 48% drop from its opening week–and New Line/Warner Bros.’ Sex and the City 2 with $5.5 million for eighth place with a total gross of $85 million.

Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 (Paramount/Marvel Studios) edged closer to $300 million this weekend with another $4.5 million to land in ninth place.

The top 10 was rounded out by Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi thriller Splice (Warner Bros.) with $2.9 million, down a staggering 61% from its disappointing opening weekend.

The release of two strong new movies helped the box office recover from the last few weeks with the Top 10 being up 9% from last year when the strongest offering was Sony’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, which opened in third with $23.4 million.

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