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Wreck-It Ralph tops the US box office

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Wreck-It Ralph , the latest CG-toon from Disney Animation, has topped the US box-office, taking $49.1m in its opening weekend.

That figure makes it the biggest ever opening for a Disney Animation, as it sneaks just ahead of Tangled .

Despite a strong showing, it didn’t quite match Pixar’s box-office standards, with Brave scoring a weekend haul of $66m earlier this year.

Wreck-It Ralph
’s total was no doubt aided by its wide appeal - adding nostalgic videogame fans to the standard family animation audience.

The catchy premise sees John C Reilly's Ralph tire of life as a videogame baddie, before heading off to try his luck in different arcade games. It turns out that game-jumping isn't without its hazards...

Robert Zemeckis’ live-action comeback Flight performed well in second place, taking £25m, and Argo continued its more-than-decent run by adding $10.2m to its pot (taking it to $75.9m so far).

Wreck-It Ralph opens in the UK on 15 February 2013.

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar.