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`Karate Kid' Is Weekend's No. 1 Film With Sales of $56 Million

“The Karate Kid,” a remake of the 1984 martial-arts film, opened as the top-grossing movie in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend with ticket sales of $55.7 million for Sony Corp.

“The A-Team” took second place with $25.7 million for News Corp.’s Fox Film studio, researcher Hollywood.com Box- Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

“The Karate Kid” features Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, the son of actor Will Smith. Chan plays Mr. Han, a Kung Fu instructor. Pat Morita played an instructor named Mr. Miyagi in the original film, which took in $90.8 million for Columbia Pictures, according to Box Office Mojo, a researcher based in Sherman Oaks, California.

“It blew past my expectations -- I thought it would finish in the high twenties,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of Box Office Guru LLC, in an interview. “Despite the fact that most people look down on remakes, it was re-imagined for today’s generation of young people.”

“The A-Team,” an update of the 1980s television series, stars Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith and mixed-martial arts athlete Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus, the role first played by Mr. T.

Shrek Forever After,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, dropped to third place with $15.8 million after three consecutive weekends on top. “Shrek” is the fourth in the animated series and has generated sales of $210 million since it was released.

‘Killers’

“Get Him to the Greek” fell to fourth place from second with sales of $9.9 million for Universal Pictures. The Judd Apatow-produced film stars Jonah Hill as a record-company intern assigned to bring an out-of-control rock star, played by Russell Brand, to Los Angeles from London in three days.

Dropping to fifth place from third was the Ashton Kutcher comedy “Killers” in its second week of release with sales of $8 million for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Next weekend, “The Karate Kid” will be challenged by the third installment of Walt Disney Co.’s “Toy Story” franchise, a 3-D film from Disney’s Pixar animation unit. Pixar’s “Up” had sales of $68.1 million in its debut weekend in May 2009, and brought in $293 million domestically, according to Hollywood.com.

Pixar

“It certainly has a good shot at beating ‘Up,’” Pandya said. “It has 3-D ticket prices, and a more familiar brand. Combine those two together and you have a good chance of the biggest Pixar opening ever.”

Weekend sales for the top 12 films rose to $144.8 million from $132 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to- date receipts total $4.68 billion, up 3.3 percent from $4.53 billion. Attendance has fallen 3 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for June 11 through June 13.

Rev. Avg./ Pct. Total Movie (mln) Theaters Theater Chg. (mln) Wks ================================================================ 1 THE KARATE KID 55.7 3,663 15,197 -- 55.7 1 2 THE A-TEAM 25.7 3,534 7,264 -- 25.7 1 3 SHREK FOREVER AFTER 15.8 3,868 4,077 -38 210.0 4 4 GET HIM TO THE GREEK 9.9 2,702 3,680 -43 36.4 2 5 KILLERS 8.0 2,859 2,801 -49 30.3 2 6 PRINCE OF PERSIA: 6.5 3,108 2,087 -54 72.2 3 7 MARMADUKE 6.0 3,213 1,870 -48 22.3 2 8 SEX AND THE CITY 2 5.4 2,750 1,978 -56 84.7 3 9 IRON MAN 2 4.5 2,305 1,961 -43 299.3 6 10 SPLICE 2.9 2,450 1,201 -60 13.2 2 11 ROBIN HOOD 2.6 1,895 1,380 -51 99.5 5 12 LETTERS TO JULIET 1.7 1,331 1,273 -44 46.8 5

Top 12 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$144.8 $132.0 9.7

Year-to-date Revenue

2010 2009

YTD YTD Pct.

(mln) (mln) Chg. ===================================

$4,679 $4,528 3.3

Year-to-date Attendance: -3.0%

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Sherman in New York at asherman6@bloomberg.net. Matthew Boyle in New York at Mboyle20@bloomberg.net.

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