‘Wreck-It Ralph’ has destroyed the competition at the UK Box Office taking the #1 spot with a massive £4.5 million on its opening weekend. ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ took over double the weekend figure for the number 2 film, Les Miserables , ending its 4 week reign at the top spot.
This Academy Award® nominated heartfelt animated comedy, about a video game ‘bad guy’ named Ralph who tries to become a hero, out grossed all the other new releases combined this weekend with a healthy average per location of £5.6k.
The film has been getting fantastic praise from critics and adults and kids are rushing out to the cinema to see it despite the freezing temperatures.
Jonathan Ross says “Wreck-It Ralph is a masterpiece. An instant classic, up there with Toy Story and Toy Story 2. And even Toy Story 3…one of the very best from Disney Animation Studios. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to rush out and play video games in an arcade. Unmissable. “
Chris Tookey at the Daily Mail agrees “Wreck-It-Ralph is witty, ingenious and entertaining, a technical and creative breakthrough”.
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ also opened at number 1 in the US box-office last year taking $49.1million making it the biggest Disney Animation opening of all time ahead of Tangled ($48.8) and all the Studio classics including The Lion King ($40.9). The film stars the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer and radio and TV broadcaster Nick Grimshaw has a UK star cameo role in the movie voicing the character ‘Brad’ who features in the Hero’s Duty game world in the film.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day—but can he do it in time?