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Seven-Day Summary: 'Karate Kid' Hustles in First Week

by Ray Subers
The Karate Kid
 

 
June 18, 2010

The Karate Kid continued to beat up the box office throughout the week, finishing its first seven days with $77.3 million. Fellow 1980s rehash The A-Team, on the other hand, continued to be battered, coming in at $36 million for the week. Despite these openings, overall business was up only three percent from the same timeframe last year, indicating that summer 2010 isn't saved quite yet.

The Karate Kid posted the second highest-grossing opening week ever for a martial arts movie behind Karate Kid star Jackie Chan's Rush Hour 2, which got off to a $100.4 million start in 2001. It also had the fifth biggest opening week of the year, as well as the best start for a Karate Kid movie both in terms of actual gross and attendance. The Karate Kid will likely pass $100 million this weekend, and is poised to become the highest-grossing Karate Kid movie ever before the end of the month (though it has a long way to go to become the most attended).

While the mission wasn't a complete bust, The A-Team clearly underperformed through its first week. The A-Team's $36 million was significantly lower than the opening weeks for TV adaptations Mission: Impossible, Charlie's Angels, Get Smart, S.W.A.T. and The Dukes of Hazzard. Add in a mediocre foreign debut (just over $20 million through its first seven days), and it looks like The A-Team is going to struggle to make its mark on the summer box office.

In its fourth week, Shrek Forever After was down 36 percent to $23.2 million, bringing its total to $217.5 million. In the process, it reached a milestone of sorts, passing the top non-Shrek DreamWorks Animation movies, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. Still, Shrek 4 is way behind Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third through the same point and will struggle to even match the first Shrek's final gross with Toy Story 3 confiscating most of its 3D screens and family audiences today.

Get Him to the Greek dipped 42 percent to $15.3 million for a two-week total of $41.7 million. This was a slightly steeper decline than Forgetting Sarah Marshall, though Get Him to the Greek is still outpacing that movie by a little over $3 million.

Killers rounded out the Top Five, off 46 percent to $12 million. In two weeks, the Katherine Heigl-Ashton Kutcher action-comedy has grossed $34.3 million, trailing similar recent movies The Bounty Hunter ($42.8 million), and Date Night ($52.9 million) through the same point.

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