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Karate Kid' Wakes Up the Summer Box Office While 'The A-Team' Sleeps: Vote New vs. Old

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Karate Kid opened a can of box-office whupass on The A-Team, grossing $56 million for the weekend to trounce A-Team's $26 million. Projections had it figured that these two throwbacks — the original Karate Kid was released in 1984 and The A-Team debuted on TV about the same time — would be neck-and-neck at the box-office. But the Kid ran far ahead of the pack. Is Hollywood finally waking up from its early summer slumber? Puh-leese. Both movies are mediocre. So why did Karate Kid capture so much more attention than The A-Team? If you were among the filmgoers that saw both this weekend, let me ask:

• Is the new Karate Kid with Jaden Smith (son of Will and Jada) and Jackie Chan better than the original version with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita? Maybe you didn't know that Morita won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor his role. Do you think that Chan will follow suit?

• Is the big-screen A-Team, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Rampage Jackson, really an improvement on the TV series with George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz and the immortal Mr. T? Which member of the A-Team do you think steals the show?

I want answers. And if you had to recommend one of these movies to your friends, which one would it be and why?

See the other movies expected to soar and bomb at the box office in Peter Travers' summer movie preview.

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