"Karate Kid" and "A-Team" updates duel at box office
By Carl DiOrio
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - This weekend could put some sizzle back in the summer box office.
Two big studio pictures open Friday supported by solid interest in tracking polls: Sony's remake of "The Karate Kid," starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and Fox's adaptation of 1980s TV series "The A-Team."
"Kid" could kick up $30 million-$35 million through Sunday, and "A-Team" also ought to assemble at least $30 million. That would make for a one-two box office punch of the sort even rival studios would applaud if it can rouse the market from an early-summer stupor.
Following the Ralph Macchio-Pat Morita original by 26 years, "Kid" has drawn decent early reviews for its use of exotic locations in China. Despite such far-flung shoots, Sony says production costs totaled $40 million. "Kid" should attract audiences evenly split between men and women, skewing a bit toward the latter.
Recruits to the big-screen "A-Team" include Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. The picture cost at least $95 million to make. The core audience is men of all ages.
Among holdovers, "Get Him to the Greek" must avoid a big decline if the comedy is to build on positive word-of-mouth from early patrons. The Russell Brand-Jonah Hill starrer topped a pack of four wide openers last weekend to grab second place with a modest $17.6 million.
DreamWorks Animation's 3D four-quel "Shrek Forever After" again will test its sturdy legs after three frames atop the domestic rankings. But the picture seems destined to underperform the franchise's two previous sequels despite a likely $250 million-plus theatrical run.
"Iron Man 2" could cross the $300 million threshold this weekend, becoming the second 2010 release to do so after "Alice in Wonderland," which has rung up $334 million domestically.
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