Wreck-It Ralph living up to his name. The new animated feature named after it’s lead character topped the first weekend of the U.S. holiday box office. It whipped up over $49 million in sales stateside, while scoring another $12 million internationally. That brings Ralph’s grand total of $61.1 million and makes it Disney’s top debuting animated film, if you don’t count Pixar films in the mix.
Sadly, Ralph still has a lot of expenses to shave off its $165 million cost. With such a great opening weekend, it seems certain he can do just that.
Ralph even beat out a Hollywood super star, confining Denzel Washington’s new film Flight to second place. It made about half the money, at $25 million. That means it only has to garner another $5 million to cover the film’s cost.
Flight’s sales were “better than expected”. In fact, the movie provided one of Denzel’s best premiere openings to date. That’s saying a lot considering the amazing actor’s long and prestigious career.
Ben Affleck’s Argo continued to perform, holding on to third place with $10.2 million. In fourth came new film The Man With the Iron Fists. It generated $8.2 million; more than half of the cost to make the movie.
While 007’s Skyfall has yet to have its American debut, the movie continued adding big bucks to its total overseas. It now sits at $287 million internationally after just 10 days.
Liam Neeson proved he had staying power, managing to stay above the cerebral Cloud Atlas with Taken 2. The movie made fifth and fourth place respectively. Taken made $6.2 million, while Atlas garnered $5.3 million.
Hotel Transylvania ($4.5 million), Paranormal Activity 4 ($4.3 million), Here Comes the Boom ($3.6 million) and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ($3.3 million) rounded out the top 10.
While Wreck-It Ralph might not want to keep adding up the points in his antique video game, it’s likely he’ll be happy with how his movie is scoring with viewers. Bravo Ralph!