No NBA Finals game on Wednesday helps lead to very solid daily holds for most films.

‘Karate Kid’ Tops $70 Million Mark

on June 17, 2010 by Daniel Garris

The Karate Kid easily led the daily box office for a sixth consecutive day on Wednesday. The family friendly remake from Sony grossed $5.22 million for the day, which was down 7 percent from Tuesday. While the daily hold itself was respectable, it also marked the day's weakest daily hold among wide releases. The Karate Kid has shown some early signs of minor front-loading the past couple of days, but the film is still running well ahead of pre-release expectations. The Karate Kid cleared the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $72.88 million through six days of release. Thus far The Karate Kid is running just 7 percent behind the pace of both 2006's Cars and 2008's Kung Fu Panda.

The A-Team remained in second place with $2.60 million. Fox's big-budget adaptation of the 1980s television series was down 4 percent from Tuesday. After a disappointing start over the weekend, the film has held up fairly well during the midweek so far. The A-Team could be getting a slight midweek boost from moviegoers who already rushed out to see The Karate Kid over the weekend and was also helped out a bit on Wednesday from not having to face the NBA Finals. With that said, the film has still only grossed $33.98 million in six days. The A-Team is currently running 13 percent ahead of last June's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

Paramount's Shrek Forever After continued to claim third place. The fourth installment of the computer animated franchise from DreamWorks grossed $2.60 million for the day, which brings the film's 27-day total to $215.79 million. Shrek Forever After is now the year's third highest grossing domestic release, as it has overtaken the $214.56 million gross of How to Train Your Dragon (also released by Paramount and DreamWorks). Shrek Forever After was down 5 percent from Tuesday and down 34 percent from last Wednesday, but should take a big hit from Disney's Toy Story 3 this weekend.

Universal's Get Him to the Greek held steady in fourth with $1.43 million. The R-rated comedy was up 8 percent over Tuesday and down 36 percent from last Wednesday. Yesterday marked another strong midweek hold for the film on a day in which it didn't face competition from the NBA Finals. However, given the film's performance so far, Get Him to the Greek will likely take a significant hit tonight from Game 7 of the Finals. Get Him to the Greek crossed the $40 million mark on Wednesday and has grossed a solid $40.77 million in 13 days.

Tags: Get Him to the Greek, Shrek Forever After, The A-Team, The Karate Kid (2010)

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