Disney's animated romp Wreck-It Ralph rang up a phenomenal weekend at North American box offices, taking in $49. 1 million -- almost double the number-two film, figures showed Sunday.
The premiere of Disney's movie, which sees a video game villain try to become a hero, almost doubled the business of another hot premiere, Denzel Washington's Flight, about a troubled pilot.
It brought in $25 million, weekend estimates from industry expert Exhibitor Relations said.
In third place was Argo, based on a true story about six Americans spirited out of Iran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis; the film directed by and starring Ben Affleck brought in $10.2 million.
Another new movie premiered in the number four spot: The Man with the Iron Fists. The action film starring Russell Crowe, in feudal China, brought in $8.22 million.
Action film Taken 2 -- Liam Neeson's return as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills -- came in fifth with earnings of $6.0 million.
And the number-six spot went to the genre-busting, time-traveling Cloud Atlas, in which Tom Hanks and Halle Berry each play six different roles set across a 500-year span, taking in $5.25 million in ticket sales.
Hotel Transylvania about an overprotective vampire dad intent on guarding his adolescent daughter against a budding romance with a human boy, was number seven earning $4.5 million.
Paranormal Activity 4, the eighth place film, is the fourth installment in the found-footage franchise; it raked in $4.3 million.
Here Comes the Boom, a comedy starring Kevin James as a high school teacher intent on becoming a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his school, was in ninth place with $3.6 million.
The 10th spot went to the latest in the franchise of Silent Hill horror movies, Silent Hill: Revelation, which earned $3.3 million in ticket sales the weekend after Halloween.