“The Karate Kid” delivered a swift kick to “The A-Team” at the weekend box office in a match-up of 1980s remakes.
Sony’s remake of 1984′s “The Karate Kid” debuted at No. 1 for the weekend with a whopping $56 million, according to the Associated Press. 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.
The big opening for “The Karate Kid” gave Hollywood a boost after a weak start to the summer season. “Iron Man 2″ opened big the first weekend in May, but the box office has lagged since.
According to the AP, overall revenues came in at $153 million, up 11 percent from the same weekend last year, when “The Hangover” led with $32.8 million.
“The Karate Kid” stars Jaden Smith as an American boy who moves with his single mom (Taraji P. Henson) to China, where he takes on a bully under the guidance of an unexpectedly skilled martial arts master played by 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), according to the AP Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith produced “The Karate Kid.”
“The A-Team” features Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel in a tale of former Army Rangers trying to clear their names after they are framed for a crime they did not commit.
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.
Hollywood looks to build on its momentum in the coming weekend as Pixar Animation goes back to its roots with “Toy Story 3,” the latest sequel to the 1995 hit that was the first feature-length computer-animated film.
Here is the weekend top 10 list, from the AP:
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.