Shrek Forever After, which has been dominating the daily box office charts for the last three weeks, overtaking Iron Man 2 for the number one daily position, finally lost to the remake of the 1980s classic The Karate Kid. The Karate Kid, produced by Will Smith and starring his son Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness) as the Dre Parker the Daniel Larusso role played originally by the then 23 year Ralph Maccio brought in an $18,816,278 on Friday and a $21,064,842 for Saturday and dropping a few million to $15,784,685 on Sunday. Rounding off its opening weekend with the total of $55,665,805 for The Karate Kid.
Also released this weekend is another remake, this time it is the TV show, the A-Team. Stephan J. Cannell and Frank Lupo’s 80’s brainchild, the A-Team is the story of a rogue military team who take on outrageous missions. Liam Neeson stars as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith as the leader of an unlikely group of heroes brought in 9.6 million dollars on Friday, opening in the number two spot. Both films brought in twice as much as the green ogre, Shrek, which only made 15.8 million dollars over the weekend. The A-Team cleaned up with $9.3 million on Saturday, and another $9.3 million on Sunday, bringing in a total of $25,669,455 for its opening weekend.
Get Him to the Greek, which fared strongly on Wednesday of last week beating Shrek Forever After in the daily ticket sales fell back to averaging just over a million dollars in sales a day ending up with $9,942,405 million in total sales for the weekend. Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl’s Killers hangs out in the number five spot grossing $30 million of its reported 75 million dollar budget in its first full week on the charts. Prince of Persia jumped ahead of Sex and the City over the weekend in both foreign and domestic markets grossing $262 million with over $72.3 million in domestic sales. Sex and the City with its $100 million dollar production budget has already made twice that amount at $2.16 million with 60% of that money in foreign sales.
Looking forward to Friday, June 18, we can expect to see the comic book character Jonah Hex come to life. This is director Jimmy Hayward’s second movie, his first was 2008’s animation Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Expecting the western action film to reach a limited audience, but based on the trailer we can expect an R rating for the shoot-em up western starring Josh Brolin as Jonah and Megan Fox as Jonah’s prostitute girlfriend Lilah. Expecting to rival The Karate Kid and the A-Team is the upcoming release this weekend of Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Starring the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody, and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, the producers promise a new story that will appeal to both kids and adults alike. When Toy Story opened on the 32nd anniversary of the death of JFK, Toy Story made $29,140,617 its first weekend. Toy Story went on to gross over $361,958,736 worldwide. Toy Story 2 opened four years later in November 1999 and made $57,388,839 in its widest opening weekend. Overall, Toy Story 2 made $485,015,179 in worldwide sales and Toy Story 3 expects to live up to its predecessors. This year’s story deals with the Toys going to a day care center and the adventures that ensue. So, if Toy Story 3 makes any where between $29.1 million and $57.4 million, then Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will do well this summer season.
Friday June 11, was a good day to go to the movies, as more schools are getting out and the summer movie going audiences are starting to hit the theaters. Normally when I go to the Friday matinee showing new releases and for the last four weeks, the theater attendance is minimal. This Friday, however, standing in line one could notice the moms with their kids in line, young adults, and the seniors all lined up and ready for entertainment. Asking around, the film that most of the moms and kids were going to see was of course, The Karate Kid. Getting into the theater the other thing I noticed was the number of people attending the A-Team. Instead of a quiet, mostly empty theater, I was surrounded. Theater ticket sales are up from last week over 16% so, perhaps the summer movie slump is unslumping.
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