Not wrecked by Sandy, 'Ralph' tops box office

NEW YORK (AP) -  

  The weekend box office was not only undeterred by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it was buoyed, as Disney's "Wreck it Ralph" opened strongly with $49.1 million. 
 
   The animated family film was aided by the large number of East Coast children out of school on Friday and families looking for matinee diversion. It's the largest box-office opening ever for a Disney Animations release. 
 
   Robert Zemeckis' "Flight," starring Denzel Washington, also opened to robust ticket sales. The Paramount drama took in $25 million despite playing in only 1,884 theaters -- or about half the number "Wreck it Ralph" played in. 
 
   The Universal kung fu flick "The Man With the Iron Fists" opened with a debut of $8.2 million. 
 
 
   AP-WF-11-04-12 1658GMT
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