'Karate Kid' chops rivals at North American box office

"The Karate Kid" chopped its rivals into submission at the North American box office this weekend, winning the "battle of the remakes" to pip action-comedy "The A-Team."

A retelling of the hit 1984 film starring Ralph Macchio, "The Karate Kid" features Will Smith's son Jaden as a young boy who is mentored in the arts of kung fu by Jackie Chan in order to stand up to the local bully.

The film scored a whopping 55.7 million dollars on its opening weekend, more than double the opening bow of "The A-Team," a remake of the classic 1980s television action series about four soldiers of fortune.

The new-look "A-Team," starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson, earned 25.7 million dollars on its debut.

"Shrek Forever After" was bumped down to third place, with a 15.8-million-dollar weekend take.

Raunchy comedy "Get Him To The Greek" netted the fourth-place spot with 9.9 million dollars in ticket sales.

And "Killers," an action-comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, was in the fifth spot with eight million dollars.

"Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time" with Jake Gyllenhaal netted 6.5 million dollars in the sixth spot; and canine comedy "Marmaduke" raked in six million dollars to take seventh place.

"Sex and the City 2" fell to eighth place, earning 5.4 million dollars. It was trailed by "Iron Man 2" with 4.5 million and the mad science and monster flick "Splice" with 2.9 million dollars.

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