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Box office report: 'Wreck-It Ralph' wins with $49.1M; 'Flight' takes off at No. 2; 'Skyfall' scores $156M overseas

Doom may have flopped, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been all buzz and no buck, but Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph proved that there is a place for videogame-themed movies at the box office this weekend.

The $165 million animated film topped the chart with $49.1 million out of 3,752 theaters — the strongest debut ever for a Walt Disney Animation production (i.e. not including Pixar titles). Disney’s Tangled opened with a whopping $48.8 million over the more lucrative Thanksgiving weekend in 2010, so Wreck-It Ralph‘s slightly larger bow (and its hefty $13,086 per theater average) should be viewed as a major victory for the Mouse House.

Now the studio is looking ahead not only to Thanksgiving, but Christmas as well, both huge moviegoing seasons since kids are out of school and parents off of work. “There really are few things for families in the time between now and then,” says Dave Hollis, Disney’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution (global), who cites DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians and Disney’s own 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. as the only animated competition for the rest of 2012. “[We] have great word-of-mouth and a story that resonates,” Hollis says, “we feel really good about where we’re headed for the rest of this run.”

Disney has every right to feel good. Wreck-It Ralph earned an “A” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, and very positive reactions will help the film hold up even better than a typical family film would anyway. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Wreck-It Ralph' climbs to $13.4 million on Friday; 'Flight' lifts off successfully

November at the movies is off to a very healthy start.

Disney’s new videogame-themed animation Wreck-It Ralph is going for the box office high score. The $165 million family film grossed a strong $13.4 million on Friday, which puts it on pace for a weekend between $45 and $50 million, and more importantly, sets up the film to play well through the lucrative Thanksgiving frame. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Wreck-It Ralph' will take off faster than 'Flight'

Would you look at that? We’ve reached November — the time of year when studios start rolling out their big winter tentpoles — the ones they hope will hold through the holiday season.

The first such film is Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, the buzzy videogame-themed animated flick that the Mouse House is hoping can break the streak of videogame adaptation failures at the box office (Remember Doom, anyone? Neither do we.) and bash the competition to the ground. Also opening is the Denzel Washington drama Flight and the martial arts flick The Man with the Iron Fists.

Here’s how the weekend might play out:

1. Wreck-It Ralph $38 million

Disney’s latest CG animated effort, which centers on a fictional videogame character and other rather recognizable videogame icons, has unsurprisingly garnered massive buzz on the web, where gamers thrive. Still, this won’t be another all-buzz-no-box-office situation like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Disney has aggressively marketed the well-reviewed film, which carried a $165 million budget, and though it may not attract as many girls as some of the more princess-y efforts (I’m guessing it starts lower than Tangled, which debuted with $48 million), boys may be more willing to press ‘Start.’

The last truly mainstream family film to enter theaters was Hotel Transylvania, which began with $42.5 million six weeks ago, so the way is now clear for Wreck-It Ralph to open in the same range. Out in over 3,600 theaters, the big guy could climb all the way to $38 million — but the real story will be how well it can hold up as we movie into the lucrative Thanksgiving frame. READ FULL STORY

RZA set to direct 'Gengis Khan' biopic, also action thriller 'No Man's Land'

Now that rapper RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists is out in theaters this Friday, he’s a man in demand.

EW.com can confirm that the Wu-Tang Clan leader is set to direct not just one, but two, upcoming films: Genghis Khan, a biopic about the famed Mongol warrior, from a script by John Milius, who is also executive producing with Andre Morgan and Peter Lam as co-producers, and action thriller No Man’s Land, from a script by Trey Ellis and David Klass, with Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic and Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) producing.

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How the RZA reinvented himself: 'The Man With the Iron Fists' director explains his path from rap to film

A lot of people talk about directing a movie one day. Few actually do it. In a 2005 EW profile, the RZA — Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, author, actor, film composer — spoke earnestly about his methodical steps to prepare himself for the director’s mantle. Seven years later, his debut feature The Man With the Iron Fists, a martial arts epic set in 19th century China starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and the RZA himself, is now set to hit theaters on Nov. 2.

The screenplay, which the RZA wrote alongside his buddy Eli Roth, is inspired by his lifelong devotion to all things kung fu. “I’m an encyclopedia of those kinds of films,” he says. “So I knew that my imagination and my dream was up to the task, but I studied and prepared myself too. If I say making a movie is a fight, then I trained in the gym for a long time and I was ready to get in the ring.” READ FULL STORY

'The Man With the Iron Fists' trailer: Best promo of all time? Or just of the century so far?

Okay, we got a little too excited when coming up with the above headline. But the red-band clip for The Man With the Iron Fists — a chop-sockey epic starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and RZA that also marks the Wu-Tang Clan rapper’s directorial debut — really does have everything you want from a trailer. If, that is, what you want from a trailer is lashings of martial arts mayhem, an ornamental fan whose ornaments are an array of knives, the line “Power belongs to no one until it is seized through sex and violence,” wrestler Dave Batista turning into brass, Crowe sporting some of the most excellent facial fuzz this side of a Frank Zappa impersonators’ convention, and the sight of RZA himself not only breaking an anvil with one of his big ol’ iron fists but also, literally, punching someone’s eye out.

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