4 November 2012 11:59 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The northeast is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, though the storm's devastation didn't hurt the box office this weekend. In fact, thanks to impressive debuts from Wreck-It Ralph and Flight, the Top 12 was up 20 percent to an estimated $124.8 million. Wreck-It Ralph easily took first place with an estimated $49.1 million, which is the highest opening weekend ever for a Disney Animation movie ahead of Tangled's $48.8 million (though that burnt off demand with a Wednesday debut). It was also up on 2005's Chicken Little ($40.1 million), albeit on slightly lower attendance. However, despite giving off a strong Pixar vibe (Toy Story for videogames, essentially), Ralph fell short of Pixar's $60 million standard, which reinforces just how strong that brand is in the world of animation. Ralph's success simply boils down to the fact that it was broadly appealing in concept and execution. The idea of an 80s-era arcade villain seeking redemption, »


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