As the East Coast picked up the pieces following superstorm Sandy, audiences around the country started to find their way back to movie theaters. This was good news for Denzel Washington's critically acclaimed drama Flight, which fared better than expected with $25 million in ticket sales.
RZA's opus The Man With the Iron Fists, presented by Quentin Tarantino, also did well with $8.2 million. Quite a success story for the film, which cost $15 million to produce and is likely to grow stronger with word-of-mouth.
But neither flick could defeat Wreck-It Ralph to the number-one spot. The animated film grossed $49.1 million, easily sailing to the top of the charts.
Cloud Atlas, the time-traveling science fiction epic starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, was less lucky. Coming in sixth place in its second week, the film grossed a mere $5.3 million for a domestic total of $18.3 million, a far cry from its $100 million production budget. Producers are hoping on a prayer that Cloud Atlas connects better with overseas audiences.
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