With the East Coast still trying to recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it would have been understandable if Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph failed to garner favorable box office numbers during its first weekend. However, as a testament to both the movie’s quality and for people’s willingness to watch a quality film (contrary to what a lot of critics say about the state of cinema vs. home video), the video-game themed CG feature still managed to climb to the number 1 spot of the domestic box office with $49.1 million from 3,752 theaters. The pic also set the record for biggest non-holiday opening for a Disney Animation film.
Another animated movie, Sony’s Hotel Transylvania still shows a lot of life, staying at the no. 7 spot with another $4.5 million that brings its total cume to $137.5 million in just five weeks. The other contender for this week is Sony/MGM’s Skyfall, which managed to rake in another $156 million and brought its cume to $287 million during its first 10 days at the box office.