Wreck-It Ralph Tops Box Office With $49.1 Million

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attend the Los Angeles premiere of 'Wreck It Ralph' at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012 in Hollywood Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attend the Los Angeles premiere of 'Wreck It Ralph' at the El Capitan Theatre on October 29, 2012 in Hollywood

The weekend box office was not only undeterred by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it was buoyed, as Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph” opened strongly with $49.1 million.

The animated family film was aided by the large number of East Coast children out of school on Friday and families looking for matinee diversion. It’s the largest box-office opening ever for a Disney Animations release.

Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, also opened to robust ticket sales. The Paramount drama took in $25 million despite playing in only 1,884 theaters — or about half the number “Wreck it Ralph” played in.

The Universal kung fu flick “The Man With the Iron Fists” opened with a debut of $8.2 million.

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