Box Office Rundown: November 2nd-4th, 2012

1. Wreck-It Ralph – $49,100,000
2. Flight – $25,010,000
3. Argo – $10,245,000
4. The Man With the Iron Fists – $8,219,000
5. Taken 2 – $6,000,000
6. Cloud Atlas – $5,250,000
7. Hotel Transylvania – $4,500,000
8. Paranormal Activity 4 – $4,300,000
9. Here Comes the Boom – $3,600,000
10. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – $3,300,000

Well, in a completely non-surprising twist, Wreck-It Ralph took the weekend by a mile, earning $49 million in its opening weekend.  While it’s not a Pixar film, it has a strong cast, an interesting concept, and the Disney stamp on it, so it was destined to do well.  Flight opened well for the type of film it is, an adult oriented drama, with $25 million for the weekend, marking Robert Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking as a success.

Whether it’s the political nature of the season, or the fact that the film is just getting great word of mouth, Argo has continued to do well, earning $10.2 million on the weeking, bringing its overall total to $75.8 million, making it a rousing financial success, in addition to the critical acclaim.

RZA‘s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists opened with a paltry $8.2 million, but on a $15 million budget, it will make its production budget back easily, despite how poorly it does from here on out, and will make a boatload more on video.  Still, it’s no Tarantino-level success like many seemed to think it would be.

Taken 2 came in at number 5, sticking around the top 5 for a long time, this weekend taking in $6 million, bringing its grand total to $125 million, a ridiculous sum for a movie that wasn’t all that beloved.  At number 6, Cloud Atlas continues to flounder, pulling in only $5.25 million, making its total $18 million.  Given that it is a $100 million plus movie, it’s unfortunately an epic failure.

Hotel Transylvania stuck around the top 10 at number 7 with $4.5 million, bringing its total to $137.5 million, a nice money maker for Sony Pictures Animation.  Paranormal Activity 4 came in at number 8 with $4.3 million, making its total $49 million, meaning it will probably end up being the lowest grossing film of the series, but on a $5 million budget, it secures another sequel since it proves the series can still make a profit.

Here Comes the Boom made $3.6 million, pushing its total to $35 million.  I’m not sure what the budget was, but this is probably below the expectations of the studio, proving that Kevin James is not the leading man that Paul Blart suggested he might be.  Rounding out the top 10 is Silent Hill: Revelation 3D with $3.3 million, bringing its total to $18 million, meaning it will probably bottom out with a total just about matching its $20 million production budget.  After considering prints and advertising costs, it will probably be a money loser, so that’s probably the end of that series.

Next week, we’ll see how Skyfall and the limited release of Lincoln shakes up the top 10.

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