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.

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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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