“Wreck-It Ralph,” Disney’s animated movie about a video game character that destroys everything in its path, scored the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history with $49.1 million. The tally for “Wreck-It Ralph,” which features the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch, hammered the Denzel Washington film “Flight,” which generated ticket sales of $25 million at US and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Iran hostage thriller “Argo,” last week’s box office leader, came in third this weekend after generating $10.2 million in sales. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, “Argo” is based on the true story of a mission to rescue US government employees held hostage in Iran in 1979. It has totaled $75.9 million in three weeks and earned Oscar buzz after stellar reviews from critics. New release “The Man With the Iron Fists” came in fourth with ticket sales of $8.2 million. Starring Russell Crowe and hip-hop artist RZA, the film follows a blacksmith in 19th-century China trying to defend his village from warriors and assassins searching for gold. In fifth place, “Taken 2,” an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson as a former spy who is kidnapped in Istanbul, earned $6 million this weekend. (Reuters)
“Pete walked off . . . because it was too loud. Was a good show but had some technical problems.” - Pete Townshend’s brother Simon, tweeting the reason the Who guitarist walked off stage during the encore of the band’s show in Sunrise, Fla.