'Karate Kid' pummels 'A-Team' at Friday b.o.
'Shrek Forever After' nears $200 million mark
Eleven-year-old Jaden Smith, with an assist from Jackie Chan, overpowered a reconstituted A-Team at the North American boxoffice on Friday as Sony's "The Karate Kid" took a commanding lead with an estimated $18.8 million.
Playing in 3,633 locations, Harald Zwart's PG-13-rated movie easily topped the charts in the battle of the '80s remakes.
Fox's "The A-Team," Joe Carnahan's PG-13-rated version of the action-packed TV show with a cast headed by Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel, checked in in second place with $9.7 million from 2,730 theaters.
As the boxoffice showed new signs of life, Paramount's release of DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After," which had ruled the roost for the past three weekends, downshifted to third place with about $4.5 million as it closed in on the $200 million domestic mark.
Universal's comedy "Get Him to the Greek," beginning its second weekend, was fourth with $3.3 million.
Lionsgate's action rom-com "The Killers" rounded out the top five with a Friday take of $2.7 million.
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