In what was supposed to be an epic battle of the 80s revival this weekend, turned out to be a fizzer as The Karate Kid smashed expectations to beat The A-Team at the US box office. Could Justin Bieber have wielded his influence to help the movie win?
According to Exhibitor Relations, the Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan reboot will walk away with a $53 million haul compared to The A-Team’s $27 million.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Justin Bieber may have helped The Karate Kid defy expectations – the movie has made nearly double of what was predicted – courtesy of the singer’s pairing with Smith on the theme song Never Say Never.
Additionally, Bieber posted a message on Twitter urging his 3 million plus followers to go and see the flick, which may have assisted with the movie’s massive haul.
Here’s the Top 10 (numbers will be refined in the morning):
1. Karate Kid (Sony) NEW [3,663 Theaters]
Friday $19M, Saturday $21.5M, Weekend $56M
2. The A-Team (Fox) NEW [3,535 Theaters]
Friday $9.6M, Saturday $10M, Weekend $27M
3. Shrek Forever After (DWA/Par) Week 4 [3,868 Theaters]
Friday $4.3M, Saturday $6.7M, Weekend $16M
4. Get Him To The Greek (Universal) Week 2 [2,702 Theaters]
Friday $3.3 (-47%), Saturday $3.8M, Weekend $10M
5. Killers (Lionsgate) Week 2 [2,859 Theaters]
Friday $2.7M (-52%), Saturday $3.3M, Weekend $8M