Karate Kid Wins Weekend Box Office

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Columbia Pictures "Karate Kid"

“The Karate Kid” has won a 1980s showdown at the box office against “The A-Team.”

Sony’s remake of 1984’s “The Karate Kid” debuted at No. 1 for the weekend with a whopping $56 million, according to studio estimates today. The big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV series “The A-Team” came in at less than half that, the 20th Century Fox release opening in second place with $26 million.

After three weekends at No. 1, DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek Forever After” slipped to No. 3 with $15.8 million. The animated hit raised its domestic haul to $210.1 million, becoming the fourth movie released this year to top $200 million.

With a relatively modest production budget of $40 million, “The Karate Kid” far exceeded the studio’s expectations. Early on, Sony executives would have been happy if the movie opened to half its $56 million debut weekend, said Rory Bruer, the studio’s head of distribution.

“The Karate Kid” stars Jaden Smith as an American boy who moves with his mom to China, where he takes on a bully under the guidance of an unassuming martial-arts master (Jackie Chan).

With his first lead role, 11-year-old Smith had an opening weekend that stacked up well against the track record of his superstar father, Will Smith, who has had only two debuts bigger than “The Karate Kid” (“I Am Legend” at $77.2 million and “Hancock” at $62.6 million). Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are producers on “The Karate Kid.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

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.

6. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” $6.6 million.

7. “Marmaduke,” $6 million.

8. “Sex and the City 2,” $5.5 million.

9. “Iron Man 2,” $4.6 million.

10. “Splice,” $2.9 million.

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