Friday Box Office: WRECK-IT RALPH and FLIGHT Take Off on First Frame of November

     November 3, 2012


It seems that the effects of Hurricane Sandy will not extend to the box office. In spite of the mess the storm made of the East Coast, November got off to a strong start at the multiplex with two impressive Friday debuts and an overall weekend expected to top 2011 by about 15%. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph did the most damage: easily capturing first place with an estimated $13.4 million from 3,752 locations. The PG-rated toon is expected to take in $50 million by Sunday, making Wreck-It Ralph Disney’s biggest non-Pixar animated debut ever. Paramount’s Flight landed in second place with an estimated $8.1 million. Considering that the drama was in far fewer locations (1,900), however, Flight looks like the break-out hit of the frame. The Man with the Iron Fists saw a more modest opening. The R-rated action film took in $3 million from 1,868 runs and should end the weekend in the $8 million range.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Wreck-It Ralph $13,415,000 $13.4
2.  Flight $8,172,000 $8.1
3.  The Man w/the Iron Fists $3,000,000 $3
4.  Argo $2,985,000 $68.6
5.  Taken 2 $1,800,000 $121.4
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