Disney’s animated film, "Wreck-it Ralph" is expected to top Hollywood box office this weekend, despite the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Talking to MTV News, analyst Jeff Bock stated that the box office would take a hit owing to the effects of Sandy, but like the New York Marathon that will possibly take place, the show must go on. Bock expects a maximum of 5% drop in the audience for both “Wreck-it Ralph” and “Flight”.
Similarly, IMDB’s Keith Simanton said, "The counter-intuitive approach may work. Many theaters are likely to be up and running and offering a respite (and lighting) from the clean-up. If there is a drop this weekend, it's most likely slight and not necessarily tied into Sandy."
“Wreck-It Ralph” features voices ofand and is based on a vintage video game. “Flight”, on the other hand, is a thriller starring Academy Award winner and directed by the ever famous Quentin Tarantino.
Simanton believes that the video game-based movie would debut in the region of 35 to 40 million dollars in the first week owing to the fact that the movie brings an interesting blend of vintage characters and new characters from all over the gaming universe.
"There's isn't much difference between a Disney animated movie and a Pixar one these days, as 'Tangled' really was the first to blur the lines between the two, and ended up with a Pixar-size gross of $590 million worldwide," Simanton remarked.
On the matter of “Flight”, the movie is expected to play in less cinemas this weekend. However, it’s still expected to do decent enough business.
Other movies in theatres are the RZA’s martial art movie, which is expected to do 8 million, while “Argo”, starring, is expected to drop some place from its number one spot, but should be in the top 5. Only “Taken 2” and “Transylvania” have crossed the 100 million mark this season. With James Bond’s latest installment, “Skyfall”, due to release next week, a lot can be expected from the box office this November.