"Wreck-It Ralph" did some major box office damage this weekend. The lighthearted animated picture had a $49.1 million opening weekend across 3,752 theaters. The gross gave "Wreck-It Ralph" the highest weekend opening for any Disney Animation Studios film. The movie that it beat out for the title was 2010's "Tangled" which made $48.8 million in its first weekend.
The $165 million movie shows video game favorite Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, deciding that he no longer wants to work as a bad guy. Directed by Rich Moore, "Wreck-It Ralph" has been well-received by critics.
Coming in second was Denzel Washington's "Flight." Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the drama made $25 million in its first weekend across 1,884 theaters. Washington stars as a troubled pilot who ends up crashing his airplane. His performance has been celebrated by critics and his name is being mentioned for potential Oscar nods.
Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis feature, "Argo," continued its box office success by taking the number three spot. The film made $10.2 million, putting it at a total of $75.9 million since its release. The movie won last weekend's box office when big-budget sci-fi adaptation "Cloud Atlas" flopped. The film, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, cost $100 million and opened to mixed reviews. It made $5.3 million this weekend for a total gross of $18.3 million. This amount kept it out of the top five for the weekend.
Other films that saw success were RZA's kung fu flick, "The Man with the Iron Fists," at number three with $8.2 million, and Liam Neeson's "Taken 2" at number five with $6 million.