1. Wreck-It Ralph – $49.1 million [debut week] Disney’s latest animated film gobbled plenty of quarters at the box office as families who wanted something new after flocking to “Hotel Transylvania” were happy to welcome a new option for family viewing. Have to figure this is a one-week stint on the top as the new James Bond film “Skyfall” opens Friday.
2. Flight – $25 million [debut week] Denzel Washington’s new drama soared with audiences and . “Flight’s” take is less than Washington’s most recent film, the action/film “Safe House,” (which had a $40 million opening weekend debut) but it landed in 1,884 theaters compared to “Safe House’s” 3,119 theaters.
3. Argo – $10 million – [$75.9 million; 4th week] Last week’s champ falls to two of the three newcomers, but continues to fare well and with critical acclaim, there’s no reason it should fall out the Top 5 anytime soon.
4. The Man With the Iron Fists – $8.2 million [debut week] Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA’s directorial debut connected with the target audience, but failed to attract many beyond that. This is nearly in line with most recent martial arts theme films including 2009’s “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,” which brought in $4.7 million its opening weekend; “Ninja Assassin,” another 2009 release, earned $13 million and 2001’s “Iron Monkey,” which also boasted a “Quentin Tarantino Presents” credit, earned $6 million. If you haven’t seen the latter two and like martial arts movies, you definitely should check them out. It’s possible someone could pay you enough to sit through “Chun-Li,” but I couldn’t figure my price…
5. Taken 2 – $6 million [$125.7 million; 5th week] Liam Neeson’s action thriller continues to maintain a steady position in the Top 5 and was in a dogfight with “Cloud Atlas” to determine the fifth spot. A sixth place finish would guarantee that the $100 million budgeted film will not make back its costs. For its numerous flaws, I hope this doesn’t mean that filmmakers won’t continue trying to push the boundaries of their craft – just accomplish it more successfully than the Wachowski siblings.