'Wreck-It Ralph' smashes box office with $49M

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

"Wreck-It Ralph," a 3-D animated family film about a video game villain who tries to break free of his role, brought in the largest box office opening ever for Walt Disney Animation, though that figure doesn't include Disney's lucrative Pixar Animation.

Part of that had to do with superstorm Sandy, which kept thousands of East Coast children from going to school Friday.

Coming in second this weekend was Robert Zemeckis' "Flight," starring Denzel Washington, with $25 million.

In third was Ben Affleck's Iran hostage tale "Argo," which brought in $10.2 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Wreck-It Ralph," $49.1 million.
2. "Flight," $25 million.
3. "Argo," $10.2 million.
4. "The Man With the Iron Fists," $10.2 million.
5. "Taken 2," $6 million.
6. "Cloud Atlas," $5.3 million.
7. "Hotel Transylvania," $4.5 million.
8. "Paranormal Activity 4," $4.3 million.
9. "Here Comes the Boom," $3.6 million.
10. "Silent Hill: Revelation," $3.3 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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