Well, it looks like Shrek will be atop the box office for a fourth straight week. The only films that have even the slightest chance of knocking him off are a movie based on an 80′s TV hit, and a remake of an 80′s movie.
As I typed that I began having second thoughts about the statement. I will explain why in just a moment, but first let’s look at the movie making the move from the small screen to the big screen.
The A-Team, on the surface it looks like a good idea to make it into a movie and cash in on the success of the popular 80′s TV series. The problem is, it isn’t the 80′s anymore, even though I wish it would always be the 80′s. Sure everything from back then is back in style. Including movies, TV shows, and music, but some things should probably be left alone. For every good remake of something from the 80′s like A Nightmare on Elm Street or possibly the other big film opening in many theaters this week there are 5 or so movies like The Dukes of Hazzard that should just be left alone.
I have a feeling The A-Team will be one of those that shouldn’t have been made. Even with a talented cast which includes Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Sharlto Copley I just don’t think it will do very well. Sure you will get some die-hard A-Team fans coming out wearing their old fake mohawks to see the movie in the first day, but once the word spreads about how the actual film is I bet Saturday and Sunday’s box office numbers plummet a bit.
Now onto the reason I rethought my original statement about Shrek holding on to the #1 spot for this coming weekend. The remake of 1984′s The Karate Kid could turn out to be better than the original starring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. I say this because Jaden Smith has so much talent inside him, and deep down in his genes. He really is a natural in every way. His career could soar to the same heights that his father’s did. Jackie Chan as Mr. Han (formerly Mr. Miaggi) will also be interesting to watch. The key is definitely Smith though, this role should catapult him into being a true teen heartthrob in the coming years.
Also opening this weekend in limited release is Joan Rivers, A Piece of Work. It is basically a documentary about Joan Rivers. I have heard good things about this movie. It could be the diamond in the rough of the summer movie season. Granted it won’t be getting huge box office numbers, but it should get great critical acclaim.
So, for the weekend box office I see The Karate Kid and Shrek battling for the #1 and #2 spots. Following them should be Get Him to the Greek, The A-Team, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Sex and the City rounding out the top 6. Killers might squeeze its way in there though. All in all though it will be another disappointing week at the movie box office with The Karate Kid and Shrek being the only bright spots.
I will be posting movie trailers for both The A-Team and The Karate Kid shortly.
Which 80′s redux do you think will be better?
The Karate Kid OR The A-Team?