'Karate Kid' Delivers; 'A-Team' Lacks Punch

on June 12, 2010 by Phil Contrino

The Karate Kid will easily win the '80s nostalgia weekend at the box office. Sony's reboot is on pace for a staggering $55 million debut.

Star Jaden Smith's career will pick up some serious momentum thanks to the martial arts flick. When it comes to pre-teens showing clout at the box office, the 11-year-old Smith is second only to Daniel Radcliffe, who was 12 when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opened to $90.3 million in 2001.

The A-Team isn't faring too well. The adaptation of the popular '80s television show is on pace for $25 million this weekend, which is quite a bit below where most prognosticators expected it to end up. Luckily, word-of-mouth should be positive since the film has an overall B+ rating--an A from Under-25 moviegoers--on CinemaScore and a 74 approval rating on Flixster.

Among holdovers, Shrek Forever After will drop to the #3 spot this weekend. Despite opening to underwhelming numbers, the ogre flick has been able to hold its audience quite well.

Check back tomorrow for studio weekend estimates.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Karate Kid (2010), The A-Team, Shrek Forever After

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