After getting off to a slow start, the month of June rebounded a bit thanks to the $56 million estimated haul of The Karate Kid. Overall receipts should equal $152 million this weekend, which puts it 10.2 percent ahead of the same weekend last year.
Karate Kid landed a solid A from CinemaScore. According to Sony, 56 percent of the audience was under 25; 47 percent was male; 55 percent of business was general audience ticket sales and 45 percent came from parents who took children.
Karate Kid star Jaden Smith's career will pick up some serious momentum thanks to this healthy opening. 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 didn't do so well. The adaptation of the popular '80s television will bring in $26 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 drops to the #3 spot this weekend. Despite opening to underwhelming numbers, the ogre flick has been able to hold its audience quite well.
2010's total domestic haul is now 2.8 percent ahead of 2009's at the exact same point in the year.
Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.