Disney Animation Studios may finally be turning the corner on the emotion and heart they put into their animated films. Since Pixar split into their own studio, Disney Animation hasn’t had a bonafide animated hit that contained emotion, heart, humor, and great story telling probably since The Lion King. It’s been a long time coming but Wreck-It-Ralph looks to be that rare Disney Animated film that transcends genre. What’s even more telling about the film is that it’s being compared more and more to a Pixar film than anything else. That’s very lofty praise. Wreck-It-Ralph also became Disney Animation Studios’ largest opening film ever, bringing in $49M through the weekend.
Second at the box office was Robert Zemeckis’ drama Flight starring Denzel Washington in what is being called his best performance since Training Day. I haven’t seen the film but from everything I’ve read on it, including reviews, it’s got a very strong chance to net a Best Picture Oscar nomination and most certainly will garner a Best Actor nomination for Washington. The film pulled in $25M for the weekend and adds another feather to Zemeckis’ movie making cap.
Third place at the box office this weekend was Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo, which continues to hang around in the top three and post good financial scores. The film brought in $10M bringing its three week total up to $75M, making it a certifiable hit. It’s Ben Affleck’s most successful film (directorial wise) to date.
Rounding out the top five is the Quentin Tarantino produced campy title The Man with the Iron Fists and Liam Neeson’s Taken 2. The films brought in $8M and $6M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Wreck-It-Ralph – $49.1 (NEW)
2) Flight – $25 (NEW)
3) Argo – $10.2 ($75.8)
4) The Man with the Iron Fists – $8.2 (NEW)
5) Taken 2 – $6 ($125.6)
6) Cloud Atlas – $5.2 ($18.2)
7) Hotel Transylvania – $4.5 ($137.5)
8) Paranormal Activity – $4.3 ($49.5)
9) Here Comes the Boom – $3.6 ($35.5)
10) Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – $3.3 ($13.9)
Via Box Office Mojo