“The Karate Kid” saves Summer Box Office Slump
12 year-old Jaden Smith has a lot to celebrate this weekend. His film of the 1984 remake, The Karate Kid was the #1 film at the box office this weekend, bringing in a total of $56 million.
The film propelled the box office to 11 percent up from last year at this time, and he also dominated the 80’s television adaptation of The A-Team. The film was directed by Harald Zwart and earned an A grade from audiences according to CinemaScore. With the film being a bonafide hit, don’t be surprised if it grosses well over $200 million before the summer is over with.
The A-Team earned $26 million for it’s opening weekend. While, not a terrible start it was well beneath expectations. But with little to no advertising, are they really surprised? 20th Century Fox, who distributed the film, needs a hit. They are banking on both The A-Team and the upcoming Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to be hits.
Shrek Forever After is still holding strong. The DreamWorks Animation film earned another $15.8 million, 38 percent less than what it made last week. That puts the films total earning at $210 million. While a solid number, it will still end up far beneath any of the other Shrek releases.
In fourth place was Get Him to the Greek, earning another $10.1 million, dropping 43 percent for a total take of $36.5 million. Ashton Kutcher’s film, Killers also fell off less than 50 percent dropping to 5th place. The critically panned film has only grossed a total of $22.5 million.
The rest of the top ten includes Prince of Persia grossing more than $72.3 million at the box office. Sex and the City 2 dropped 55 percent in its third week grossing $84.7 million. It’s practically impossible for this sequel to match the original which earned $152 million two years ago.
Iron Man 2 is on the verge of $300 million.