Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' scores big in N. America

LOS ANGELES- Disney's animated romp "Wreck-It Ralph" rang up a huge weekend at North American box offices, taking in $49 million -- almost double the total of the number two film, industry data showed Monday.
The premiere of Disney's movie, which sees a video game villain try to become a hero, easily outpaced another hot premiere -- "Flight," starring Denzel Washington as a troubled pilot.

It brought in $24.9 million, according to box officer tracker Exhibitor Relations.
In third place was "Argo," based on a true story about six Americans spirited out of Iran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis; the film directed by and starring Ben Affleck earned $10.2 million.
Another new movie debuted in the number four spot: "The Man with the Iron Fists." The action film starring Russell Crowe, and set in feudal China, brought in $7.9 million.
Action film "Taken 2" -- Liam Neeson's return as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills -- came in fifth with earnings of $5.9 million.
And the number-six spot went to the genre-busting, time-traveling "Cloud Atlas," in which Tom Hanks and Halle Berry each play six different roles set across a 500-year span -- it took in $5.4 million.
"Hotel Transylvania" about an overprotective vampire dad intent on guarding his adolescent daughter against a budding romance with a human boy, was number seven, earning $4.4 million.
"Paranormal Activity 4," the eighth place film, is the fourth installment in the found-footage fright franchise; it raked in $4.3 million.
"Here Comes the Boom," a comedy starring Kevin James as a high school teacher intent on becoming a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school, was in ninth place with $3.5 million.
The 10th spot went to the latest in the franchise of "Silent Hill" horror movies, "Silent Hill: Revelation," which earned $3.3 million in ticket sales the weekend after Halloween.

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

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