‘Karate Kid’ leaves ‘A-Team’ bruised at box office

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (BestGrowthStock) – In a big weekend for 1980s
nostalgia, a remake of “The Karate Kid” easily took the No. 1
spot at the North American box office on Sunday, leaving a
big-screen version of “The A-Team” far behind.

“The Karate Kid,” starring Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith as
a young martial artist and Jackie Chan as his mentor, earned
$56 million during the three days beginning Friday, according
to estimates provided by its distributor, Columbia Pictures.

The $40 million picture, shot in China, played strongly
with youngsters, the Sony Corp (6758.T: ) (SNE.N: ) unit said, with
people under 25 accounting for 56 percent of the audience.

Both “Karate Kid” and “A-Team” had been expected to vie for
the top spot, each in the $30 million range.

Instead, “The A-Team” opened with $26 million, said 20th
Century Fox. The News Corp (NWS.O: ) unit hoped the $90 million
film action picture would benefit from strong word of mouth
among young viewers, even if critics hated the adaptation of
the TV series about a team of renegade soldiers of fortune.

Last weekend’s champion, “Shrek Forever After,” fell to No.
3 with $15.8 million. The four-week total for the DreamWorks
Animation SKG Inc (DWA.O: )-produced cartoon rose to $210.1
million.

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(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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‘Karate Kid’ leaves ‘A-Team’ bruised at box office