“Karate Kid” Mauls “A-Team” at Box Office
An 11-year-old boy has sent a team of former Army rangers cowering home at the box office this weekend, as “Karate Kid” won the battle of the 80s remakes over “The A-Team.” “Karate Kid,” with pre-teen Jaden Smith in the lead role and Jacky Chan as his master, pulled in an estimated $56 million in its first weekend to beat expectations and all challengers by a mile.
With only a $40 million production budget, “Karate Kid” is already assured of returning a profit for Sony, which expected the film to take in about half of its first-weekend gross. “Karate Kid’s” opening puts its young star in the same league of his superstar father, Will, who has had only two films open better than his son’s lead role debut.
“The A-Team,” which stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel, was a far second with $26 million. The fourth installment of the green ogre adventure, “Shrek Forever After,” slid to third place after three successive weekends at No.1 with $15.8 million, which boosted its domestic gross to more than $210 million. The comedy “Get Him to the Greek,” starring Russell Brand, landed in fourth place with $10.1 million while the Ashton Kutcher starrer “Killers” rounded out the top five with $8.2 million.