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Wreck-It Ralph gets a high score at the box office

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, November 4, 2012

The video game action-action of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph captured the imaginations of movie audiences this weekend, elevating the CG 'toon to the top of the box office. Although Wreck-It Ralph had a considerable budget (it was estimated to cost the movie studio around $160 million dollars to make), Wreck-it Ralph opened with a domestic theatrical gross of $49.1 million dollars. With that kind of splash, Wreck-It Ralph will almost certainly recoup its production cost from domestic screenings.

Denzel Washington had his new movie Flight open against Wreck-It Ralph, a counter-programming strategy designed to attract the mature audiences not interested in watching bright pixels. It looks like it worked as Washington's Flight, in which he plays an airline captain who comes under scutiny after saving his passengers from a close call, had a debut of $25 million dollars. Flight also marks the return of director Robert Zemeckis to live action movies; this is his first non-CG film since 2001's What Lies Beneath.

Ben Affleck's latest drama Argo continues to do well. While it dropped from its first place perch to #3 this week, Argo grossed an additional $10.2m to bring its four week total to a sizeable $75.9 million dollars.

The Man with the Iron Fists also opened this week. With its mixture of kung fu action and brazen characterization, the RZA-directed Iron Fists flick opened to the tune of only $8.2m.

Taken 2 rose a spot to come in at #5 ($6 million in new ticket sales, $125.6m total after five weeks in release.)

Financially speaking, Cloud Atlas isn't floating high in the sky. The sci-fi/drama ensemble has only been out for two weeks but it's now dropped four spots to #6, grossing only $5.2m and bringing its ten day total to $18.2m.

Hotel Transylvania appears this week in #7 spot with $4.5m in new ticket sales (it's six week total now stands at $137.5m.)

Paranormal Activity 4 tumbles four spots to #8 ($4.3m new, $49.5m total.)

Kevin James and his Here Comes the Boom is at #9 with $3.6m this week and a $35.5m total.

And at #10 we've got Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Poor reviews and a post-Halloween era aren't helping this movie make much more money, with just $3.3m in ticket sales this weekend. After two weeks the second Silent Hill movie has only made $13.9m.

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