“Karate Kid” Gave Its Best Moves and Sit at the Top Spot of Box Office
As the saying goes, an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Well, Jaden Smith is the perfect example of that apple.
The Karate Kid successfully kicked and chopped its way to the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend. The remake of the 1984 hit led the weekend with a $56 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Starring Will Smith’s son, 11-year-old Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, the action comedy movie vanquishing 20th Century Fox’s “The A-Team,” a distant No. 2 with $26 million. Both films had been expected to vie for the top spot, each in the $30 million range.
Meanwhile last weekend’s champion, “Shrek Forever After,” fell to No. 3 with $15.8 million, bringing its total to $210.1 million after holding the No. 1 spot at the box office for three weeks. The top five was rounded out by a pair of comedies that debuted modestly last weekend: “Get Him to the Greek” ($10.1 million) and “Killers” ($8.2 million).
An audience survey showed, the $40 million kung fu picture played strongly across all demographics. 45 percent of ticket buyers are families. With their kid on the picture, Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith were among the producers of “Karate Kid.”
Here’s the complete top ten top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
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
Congrats, Jaden! You make your daddy proud!
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