The Karate Kid
came out on top this weekend in a clash of the ‘80s reboots that saw it going toe-to-toe with the new
In the end, Jackie Chan and wee champ Jaden Smith trampled their fogie competition, swiping the number one spot comfortably with a taking of $56m.
Liam Neeson and Sharlto Copley were left in the dirt with just $26m – enough to beat
Shrek Forever After
to the second spot (the green ogre falling by 38%), but nowhere near a competitive battle cry against
Meanwhile, Russell Brand remained a popular choice for comedy fans,
Get Him To The Greek
sitting pretty in fourth place despite a diminished return of $10m. And
came up from behind in fifth place with $8.1m, proving that people will watch anything if it stars pretty people like Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The studio system sleeps easy.
The rest of the top ten had
Prince Of Persia
in sixth and seventh, both taking around $6m each, while
Sex And The City 2
wallowed in eighth with $5.5m and a total taking of just $84m.
At the tail end of the box office,
Iron Man 2
clamped on to ninth place with $4.4m, and
saw its earnings fall by 61% to haul in a very, very modest $2.8m.
Next week it’s
Toy Story 3
– can Woody and co snatch that numero uno crown from Jaden Smith? We don’t doubt it…