The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “The Karate Kid” ($56 million)
#2 “The A-Team” ($26 million)
#3 “Shrek Forever After” ($15.8 million)
#4 “Get Him to the Greek” ($10.1 million)
#5 “Killers” ($8.2 million)
After a few relatively quiet weekends at the box office, this past weekend made it quite clear that the summer movie season is officially in session with “The Karate Kid” debuting in first place over “The A-Team.”
The “Karate Kid” reboot — which actually focuses on kung fu, despite the misleading title — stars Jaden Smith as an American youth who moves to China and comes under the tutelage of a martial arts expert played by Jackie Chan. The film exceeded expectations with an estimated $56 million opening weekend, a very impressive result given the movie’s $40 million production budget. It goes without saying that Sony Pictures will look to turn out several more sequels starring Smith and Chan.
While the “Karate Kid” franchise enjoyed a successful new beginning, the same can’t be said for “The A-Team,” director Joe Carnahan’s updated take on the 1980s television series of the same name. Despite the star power of actors like Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel and the promise of high-octane action sequences, the “A-Team” film adaptation only managed $26 million domestically and $15 million from foreign locations for a $41 million worldwide debut. It’s a poor performance considering the film’s reported $110 million production budget, and it’s certainly a road bump in 20th Century Fox’s plan to turn “The A-Team” into a new tent-pole action franchise.
The remainder of the box-office top five performed as expected, with “Shrek Forever After” continuing its impressive staying power with a $15.8 million third-place finish. Last weekend’s “Get Him to the Greek” and “Killers” landed in fourth and fifth place with $10.1 million and $8.2 million, respectively.
The toys are back in town next weekend as “Toy Story 3” hits movie theaters nationwide alongside comic book adaptation “Jonah Hex.”
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