Predictably, Disney’s “Toy Story with Games” offering “Wreck-It Ralph” easily took the top spot at the box office in its debut, crushing the competition with $49 million. That was double the debut of Denzel Washington’s drama “Flight”, which opened equally well with $25 million. Last week’s #1, Ben Affleck’s “Argo” fell to third place with $10 million, just barely beating out RZA’s directorial debut, the kung fu flick “The Man with the Iron Fists” that co-starred Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, which opened in fourth place with $8 million.
The story of a videogame character who decides to make a drastic change in his life in order to get some respect (and better housing), “Wreck-It Ralph” features the voices of John C. Reilly as the titular Ralph, Sarah Silverman, and “Glee’s” Jane Lynch. Despite a big opening, the film is saddled with a huge production budget of $165 million, so it still has a ways to go to prove it’s got what it takes to become a bona fide hit. Basically, Ralph needs to keep wrecking the competition in the weeks to come, and do so overseas as well.
As for RZA’s “The Man with the Iron Fists”, opening in fourth place was most definitely a big letdown, but I sort of expected this kind of debut. It’s such a niche film, and when was the last time you remember a strongly Asian cast in a kung fu movie doing well with mainstream moviegoers? Fourth place and $8 million aren’t exactly the kind of numbers that would immediately greenlight a sequel, but then again, filmmakers “talking” about sequels before a movie even opens is standard operating procedure nowadays and you should always ignore it. I know I do. It could still potentially do well enough overseas (perhaps in Asia?) to pave the way for a sequel.
Noteworthy: Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has earned $75 million so far (and $89 worldwide, but this was always going to be a U.S. market heavy film) from an estimated $44 million budget. Not exactly a runaway hit, but it’s probably got plenty of awards season ammo that should make up for it. The Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”, meanwhile, continues to plummet. After opening in second place last week, it falls to sixth place this week with another paltry $5 million. Considering the film’s estimated $100 million dollar budget (don’t even get me started on how much it cost to promote this thing), it’s probably safe to say that this is two-in-a-row for the Wachowskis. Two big-budget flops in a row, that is. Maybe they should seriously consider that “Matrix 4″…
Via : Box Office Mojo