Friday Report: 'Karate Kid' Leaps to the Top
by Brandon Gray
June 12, 2010
On Friday, The Karate Kid delivered the fifth highest-grossing opening day of the year so far, and it led to an improvement in overall business from the same Friday last year. It out-shined the launch of The A-Team by nearly two-to-one.
Shooting way past genre norms and most past similar movies, The Karate Kid raked in an estimated $18.8 million on approximately 5,300 screens at 3,663 theaters. That single day gross was nearly double the opening weekends of Jackie Chan's last movie, The Spy Next Door, and the last Karate Kid knock-off Never Back Down. The trajectories of past comparable titles suggests that Karate Kid's opening weekend will be north of $50 million.
The A-Team drew an estimated $9.7 million on around 5,200 screens at 3,535 theaters, which wasn't as strong as S.W.A.T., The Dukes of Hazzard or Miami Vice (in estimated attendance) among other television adaptations. It was also less than many early June action pictures of yore. On the plus side, it made more in a single day than the last "men-on-a-mission" movie, The Losers, did in its first weekend.
Shrek Forever After had its smallest Friday-to-Friday drop yet, down a third to an estimated $4.4 million. Its total stands at $198.6 million in 22 days.
The rest of the movies did not hold well for the most part. Get Him to the Greek tumbled 48 percent to an estimated $3.3 million, increasing its total to $29.7 million in eight days. Killers fell 52 percent to an estimated $2.8 million for a $25 million tally in eight days. Marmaduke shrank by 47 percent to an estimated $1.85 million for an $18.1 million total in eight days. Splice dove 66 percent to an estimated $925,000 for an $11.1 million tally in eight days. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Sex and the City 2 also continued to slide with 50 percent plus declines.
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