Wreck-It Ralph tops box office

Disney's new game-centric film earns $49.1 million in first-weekend sales, besting new Robert Zemeckis flick <i>Flight</i> and Ben Affleck's <i>Argo</i>.

Game-centric animated film Wreck-It Ralph was the top performer over the weekend at the box office. The Disney movie earned $49.1 million in sales for the three-day period, according to data from Hollywood.com.

Sales of this caliber boost Wreck-It Ralph past Tangled, which was Walt Disney Animation Studios' previous record holder at $48.8 million in first-weekend receipts. Additionally, Wreck-It Ralph's debut is Disney's second number one finish this year, following Brave in June.

Wreck-It Ralph nearly doubled Back to the Future and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis' new film Flight, which debuted on the same day and took in $25 million for the number two spot. Ben Affleck's period thriller Argo came in at number three for the weekend, adding $10.2 million for a cumulative total of $75.9 million.

Wreck-It Ralph follows the titular Ralph, a villain in a retro Donkey Kong-style arcade game. After decades of coming out on the losing end, Ralph decides he's fed up with being hated for doing his job and quits. He takes off to explore other gameworlds, coming across a variety of gaming icons along the way, including Bowser and Dr. Robotnik.

The film stars John C. Reilly (Step Brothers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) as Ralph, Sarah Silverman (Jesus is Magic, The School of Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

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Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

I would absolutelly love to see anything from The Legend of Zelda. Though Mario is still very good.

AlexFili
AlexFili

This is nice, it's good to think that gamers are now an appreciated part of popular culture. Will be interesting to see if Skyfall can knock it off number one.

youngzen69
youngzen69

That guy wearing the orange shirt look exactly like the character from Team Fortress 2

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Disney Pixar movies never fail. Love them and i thank them for making this come to screen. Cant wait to watch!

Rizer
Rizer

Great movie.

vader501st
vader501st

Looks very funny. Gonna look into it ASAP

soulless4now
soulless4now

Loved the movie. It deserves every penny it gets. Shame Skyfall is going to be the competition for the upcoming weekend. 

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

sarah silverman!!!ugh!!!!!!!!!who made her an actress??????

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Just saw this movie today. It was a fun movie, the game references were well used and the story was fun in the way it connected together. It's humor is definitely more kid-centered (well, it IS a Disney movie), but I still got a few good laughs out of it. 

 

The subtle Metal Gear cameo was one of the highlights. :P

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Disney Pixar make great movies i love watching them and im an adult.

I look forward to seeing this. I love that its about video games!

Why has this never been done before?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

i wanna see this movie. I have to find a young kid to take with me, so it doesn't look like I went for myself. lol

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

Saw it yesterday and really liked it. By the way it was more pixar-y than pixar's own damn movie for this year.

craigprime
craigprime

So many references......it was awesome! Sonic, Mario, Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Metal Gear Solid. I can't wait for the video-game based on a movie featuring video-games.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Its great that its good but it kind of sucks that the first good video game movie isn't based off a real video game at all :P

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

I didn't realize the movie was out till Friday so I saw it on Sunday. Really great movie and wouldn't mind seeing again. And I rarely ever see a movie at the theaters let alone twice!

liketires
liketires

I saw this on saturday and it was so good! Really worth it! It even had a Metal Gear Solid reference in it.

lindallison
lindallison

movie looks fun in a 'spot the reference' kind of way, I wonder how obscure it gets

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

This movie was amazing, I've seen it twice already and will likely see it at least a few more times before it comes out on Blue-Ray. 

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I really want to watch this movie but there's a certain actor I really hate so I guess I'll pass and wait for it to hit the TV screen.

 

It would be interesting to see which studio makes bigger sales though, Disney's Wreck it Ralph or Pixar's Brave? Has there ever been a time when both studios released movies in the same year before?

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I wonder how far the film is going to earn in the long term.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I bet the people that say this is a kids movie still play Pokemon and Mario.

endorbr
endorbr

This movie is awesome.  If you don't like this movie then I don't know what you'd like.

Flint247
Flint247

It's good seeing more movies like this get the spotlight instead of just the mature ones.

zequex
zequex

Ok, for the last time. THIS IS NOT A PIXAR MOVIE!!!

 

Net every animated film is made by Pixar!

 

Disney has their own animation studio. They did this movie on their own.

 

There are many great animation studios out there. Do yourself a favour and look them up. Check out their filmography. You may be surprised!

 

Calling this a Pixar film is like saying Retro Studios made Skyward Sword.

cfstar
cfstar

I knew people were overrating when they said Pixar was going down.

 

Cars 2 was meh, sure, and Brave was just decent, but this movie was as fantastic as all their previous catalogue.

 

Here's hoping they go on for many more years.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I saw it, it was pretty good. I was expecting more, but it wasn't bad by any means.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Gonna see this in 3D! Haven't been to see a 3D film yet this year and this is the only one other than Spider-man or Avengers I'm willing to see in 3D.

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

This movie was awesome..It should've had a scene after the credits that said "Continue..." with a count down a la old arcade games and have it flash at about 2 seconds, implying there would be a sequel.

meralonne
meralonne

"In the trailer alone, he encounters characters from Street Fighter (Zangief and M. Bison), Mario (Bowser), Sonic the Hedgehog (Dr. Robotnik), Pac-Man (Clyde), and Q-Bert." And don't forget Kano from MK!!!

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

  So is it a good Pixar movie or..a safe Disney Pixar movie(ie Tangled)

JeyNyce
JeyNyce

It's the Roger Rabbit for this generation.  Great Movie

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

It is a funny movie, even if it is Disney. In fact, they do manage to have one of the characters call another "pussywillow." Pretty raunchy for Dis.