Karate Kid Kicks Box Office Butt

Who knew Will Smith’s offspring could save this summer’s box office numbers? For weeks, highly-anticipated flims and sequels have disappointed at theaters. Then comes along a pint-sized 12-year old kid and propels the box office to 11 percent up from last years weekend frame.

In the battle of the 80’s remake, “The Karate Kid” dominated “The A-Team“. The karate flick scored an estimated $56 million and earned an A grade from exit audiences, while the male-target “A-Team” scored less than half that with $26 million. Though not an awful start, it was beneath expectations given it’s hot cast. Studio execs should take comfort that the film scored a solid B+ from audiences which will help the move in the coming weeks.

In third place was “Shrek Forever After” with another $15.8 million bringing it’s cumulative totale to $210 million, which is solid but far below any of the other Shrek releases. R-rated comedy, “Get Him to the Greek” earned $10 million and the Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl spy flick scored $8 million rounding out the top 5.

Here are the numbers from the Top Ten movies this week.

  • 1. The Karate Kid: $56 million (opening)
  • 2. The A-Team: $26 million (opening)
  • 3. Shrek Forever After: $15.8 million ($210,052,000 total)
  • 4. Get Him To The Greek: $10 million ($36,500,000 total)
  • 5. Killers: $8 million ($30,670,000 total)
  • 6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: $6.5 million ($72,324,000 total)
  • 7. Marmaduke: $6 million ($22,279,000 total)
  • 8. Sex and the City 2: $5.5 million ($84,745,000 total)
  • 9. Iron Man 2: $4.5 million ($299,311,000 total)
  • 10. Splice: $2.8 million ($13,071,000 total)
  • Jared

    Watched the Karate Kid last night. I have to admit it was a pretty amazing movie. Despite knowing what the premise of the show is, the acting, humour, and directing makes this movie really interesting and fun to watch. Jaden did a pretty damn good job, too, for someone so young. I’d recommend for people to see it.

  • tralala

    The movie exceeded my expectation. it was an all-around fun movie. jaden and his mom, in the movie, were terrific in terms of humour.