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KARATE Chops the Competition

Karate Kid Reboot Kicks High in Debut.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 13, 2010

The A-Team evades the Karate Kid at the box office.
© Bob Trate


Leave it to ‘80s to fix the box office slide of the 2010 summer season. After weeks of number slides in theaters, Hollywood introduced two reboots—one of a popular TV series and the other of a feature film—and the industry found themselves ahead of numbers left by the same frame last year. With The Karate Kid and The A-Team leading the charge, the weekend’s top 10 collectively pulled in $141.6 million over which is a 10% gain over last year’s numbers.
Standing clear at the top of the chart is Sony’s revision of The Karate Kid, which drop-kicked the competition by pulling in $56 million over its debut weekend. The numbers represent what’s looking to be a very profitable venture for the studio as they kept the budget to the tune of only $40 million. Not bad to be on top of that production cost after only three days of release.
20th Century Fox made a credible counter-kick of their own with their theatrical adaptation of The A-Team. Director Joe Carnahan’s action ride pulled in $26 million in its debut and earned another $15 million in its foreign circuit bow from 3,640 screens in 35 markets. Unlike the “Kid” costs, the budget for the action film is set at $110 million so it will need to stay in the top 5 for a few more weekends before Fox executives can relax a bit on that score.
Finally relinquishing the victorious spot and dropping two places to 3rd is DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After, the final installment centering on Mike Myer’s green hero. The fourth adventure took in another $15.8 million in its fourth frame, increasing its domestic cume to $210.0 million. With the film earning another $67.1 million from foreign markets the animated tale has a global gross of $277.2 million. It’s already profitable with DreamWorks producers keeping the price tag to only $165 mil.

In its second weekend of release, Universal found their comedy Get Him to the Greek dropping only 45% with another $10.1 million in its tally. After ten days of release, that gross is $36.5 million, just shy of its $40 mil budget.

And taking the 5th place spot is Lionsgate’s action comedy Killers. The Ashton Kutcher-Katherine Heigl tale fell 48% in its second report by taking in another $8.2 million. That ups their domestic score to $30.7 million.
Check out the rest of the top 10 below and you’ll see that Iron Man 2 is prepared to cross the $300 million barrier by tomorrow. And Robin Hood has already made his way out of the top 10 by taking 11th place with only $2.7 million in its fifth weekend of release.

The Karate Kid
$56.0 mil
$56.0 mil
The A-Team
$26.0 mil
$26.0 mil
Shrek Forever After
$15.8 mil
$210.0 mil
Get Him to the Greek
$10.1 mil
$36.5 mil
$8.1 mil
$30.6 mil
Prince of Persia
$6.6 mil
$72.3 mil
$6.0 mil
$22.2 mil
Sex and the City 2
$5.5 mil
$84.7 mil
Iron Man 2
$4.5 mil
$299.3 mil
$2.8 mil
$13.0 mil

Here’s the summer 2010 leaders (worldwide) as they stand now. Iron Man 2 continues to be the clear favorite until we see how the July releases do in their respective debuts.
Iron Man 2 Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $128.1 mil

Domestic: $299.3 mil
Foreign: $290 mil
Worldwide: $589.3 mil
Robin Hood Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $36.0 mil

Domestic: $99.6 mil
Foreign: $183.3 mil
Worldwide: $282.9 mil 
Shrek Forever After Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $70.8 mil

Domestic: $210.0 mil
Foreign: $67.1 mil
Worldwide: $277.2 mil
The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $30.1 mil

$72.3 mil

$190.3 mil

Worldwide: $262.6 mil
Sex and the City 2 Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $32.1 mil

Domestic: $84.7 mil
Foreign: $105.7 mil
Worldwide: $190.4 mil
The Karate Kid Numbers:
Budget: $40 mil
Opening: $56.0 mil

Domestic: $56.0 mil
Foreign: N/A yet
Worldwide: $56.0 mil
The A-Team Numbers:
Budget: $110 mil
Opening: $26.0 mil

Domestic: $26.0 mil
Foreign: $15.0 mil
Worldwide: $41.0 mil
Friday, June 18, 2010 Releases
Toy Story 3 (3,900)
Jonah Hex (2,700+)
The Killer Inside Me
Let it Rain


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EagleManiac 6/13/2010 2:05:44 PM

Just goes to show that there are enough idiots out there to make a hit out of a POS movie like this. What a bunch of lame ass nut jobs that went and saw this crapfest!!



Darkknight2280 6/13/2010 2:21:41 PM

Welll i would agree (that is if ur speaking of Karate Kid) this movie was geared towards entertaining the kids an dmost adults would agree that alot of kid movies are crap. The kiddies are what made Karate Kid #1.

I saw A-team on firday night and i freaking loved it form district 9 stole the show in my opinion!! Soo effing funny. But i would say everyone did a great jobs and the movie over all was great had a good time watching it and i cant wait to get the blu-ray

dnbritt 6/13/2010 3:10:06 PM

A-Team was one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I've had in a good while.  I thought it was awesome.  Can't believe it got beat at the box office by Jaden Freaking Smith.

ThrillerSam 6/13/2010 3:21:34 PM

I agree A Team was great. I had a smile on my face the entire movie. So far my favorite of the season, just over Iron Man 2, but certainly surprised KK beat it. Wish they had spread them out just because the past few weekends have been weak and nothing exciting to see. I cetainly recommend A Team though. Go see it, if you liked the show at all you will love this movie.

AlpineWoods 6/13/2010 3:30:56 PM

I also liked The A-Team a lot. I'm surprised Karate Kid did better with the box office numbers. That's a remake I won't see at all. Even when it makes it to cable, I'll still avoid it like broccoli soup. :)

Chris Beveridge 6/13/2010 4:02:47 PM

Really enjoyed the karate kid. It was the kind of movie that takes the source, reworks it while being respectful, and has fun. Smith is still a bit too early to pull his own flick, but overall the pretty packed sunday crowd here of adults and kids loved it. And getting kids as young as six or seven to sit still for over two hours for any movie is damn impressive.

I love the original (love the second film more, and liked how some of it was drawn into this as well) and really enjoyed this a hell of a lot. Considering the utter dreck that's often put out for kids movies, this one is great to take kids to and for adults to check out. 

Haters can hate all they want, but there's a reason a lot of people will enjoy this. There are few real inspirational movies out there - and that's not really what the Mania audience is looking for. I suspect many who hate the new one would have been hating on the original back when that came out as well (like a good many people did!).

FerretJohn 6/13/2010 4:57:53 PM

Just got back from seeing the Karate Kid and I guess you can count me among the "lame ass nutjobs", and I'm damn proud of it.  It was a great movie, excellantly choreographed fights, and a very moving and inspirational story.  I look forward to adding it to my DVD library/

And it's better to be a lame ass nutjob than a smarmy psuedo-intellectual Siskel & Ebert wannabe looking to show everybody how cultured he is.

monkeyfoot 6/13/2010 5:13:02 PM

Saw A-Team. The best TV Show to Movie adaptation I've ever seen! Absolutley great! It had all the essence of the show and was perfectly enhanced for film. You immediately got the ensemble camraderie of these four and how well they meshed together. Extra props to Rampage, who for a new actor didn't do the obvious Mr. T imitation but made the character of B.A. his own. A serious plot but done in a fun action packed style. Two thumbs and two big toes up! 

I generally don't like the idea of 80's remakes but I want to see the new Karate Kid. Because I like the original, I like martial arts, and it looks like the changes in plot, location and Chan look like good ideas. I want to see how it is for myself.

WarCry 6/13/2010 5:16:15 PM

The reason A-Team lost to Karate Kid is because one is geared towards families/children and the other is directed at a predominately male audience. It's actually a pretty simple equation.


I'm a little surprised at the over-all low numbers for BOTH of them, frankly, but it's just been that kind of year...

hanso 6/13/2010 5:48:33 PM

Monkeyfoot -  Better than Mission Impossible, Borat, The Naked Gun, Star Trek, The Simpsons and The Fugitive?  Surely you jest sir.

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