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LOS ANGELES: Disney’s animated romp “Wreck-It Ralph” rang up a phenomenal weekend at North American box offices, taking in 49.1 million — almost double the number-two film, figures showed Sunday.
The premiere of Disney’s movie, which sees a video game villain try to become a hero, almost doubled the business of another hot premiere, Denzel Washington’s “Flight,” about a troubled pilot.
It brought in 25 million, weekend estimates from industry expert Exhibitor Relations said.
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 brought in 10.2 million.
Another new movie premiered in the number four spot: “The Man with the Iron Fists.” The action film starring Russell Crowe, in feudal China, brought in 8.22 million.
Action film “Taken 2” — Liam Neeson’s return as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills — came in fifth with earnings of 6.0 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, taking in 5.25 million in ticket sales.
“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 4.5 million.
“Paranormal Activity 4,” the eighth place film, is the fourth installment in the found-footage 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 3.6 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. AFP