Disney’s 3D animation has leapt back to the top of the chart following a $5.2m (£3.4m) weekend; Universal’s Mama is the week’s highest new entry with a $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.
Skyfall did it in November and now Wreck-It Ralph has regained top spot in the UK after dropping to second last week.
Disney’s 3D animation grossed a further $5.2m (£3.4m) for a minimal week-on-week drop and has now amassed $28.2m (£18.6m) in the UK. It’s worth noting as well that were it not for previews of A Good Day to Die Hard last week, Wreck-It Ralph would be celebrating a third consecutive week as UK champion.
The result means that Wreck-It Ralph has surpassed Bolt ($27.8m/£17.9m) in terms of recent Walt Disney Animation Studios features, with Tangled ($31.7m/£20.5m) firmly in its sights.
Falling a place to second was Fox’s A Good Day to Die Hard, which fell 50% on its opening to take $2.5m (£1.6m).
The latest instalment in the popular action franchise has now shot its way to $12.4m (£8.2m) in the UK, with Die Hard with a Vengeance’s $15.4m (£10.2m) in its sights. Die Hard 4.0 is the series’ highest grosser at $21m (£13.9m).
Fox’s Oscar winners Lincoln and Life of Pi (which led the winners with four awards) are now up to $11.6m (£7.6m) and $44.2m (£29.2m), respectively.
Universal’s horror Mama was the week’s highest new entry as it scared up a $2.4m (£1.5m) debut from its 392 sites, while Les Miserables kept marching on in fourth and is now up to an excellent $57.2m (£37.8m).
Also for Universal, comedy This Is 40 grossed an estimated $782,000 (£505,000) in its second weekend to climb to $3.5m (£2.3m). Judd Apatow’s latest is still more than £1m behind the director’s previous weakest UK performer, Funny People.
Rounding off this week’s top five was StudioCanal’s romantic comedy I Give It A Year, which continued its fruitful run in the UK by adding $957,000 (£632,195) for a healthy $7.7m (£5.1m) to date.
StudioCanal also debuted Terrence Malick’s latest To The Wonder on 40 sites, grossing $145,000 (£96,047).
In comparison to other Malick outings in the UK, To The Wonder’s debut ranks below the likes of The New World ($179,000/£118,292) and The Tree of Life ($614,000/£406,046). Both of those, however, opened on almost double the amount of sites, 77 and 76 respectively.
Opening just outside the top five in sixth was Warner Bros’ Cloud Atlas. Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski’s ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s generation-spanning novel took $824,000 (£544,580) from its 291 sites for a sturdy average of $2,824 (£1,866).
Also for Warner Bros, Sammy’s Great Escape is now up to $1.9m (£1.2m) after ten days in play.
eOne’s Song for Marion recorded a $694,000 (£456,714) debut from its 301 sites for director Paul Andrew Williams’ best ever UK opening, topping The Cottage’s $460,000 (£303,072) taken from 260 sites. Like Quartet, Song for Marion could flourish midweek.
Also for the distributor, Warm Bodies has shuffled its way to $4m (£2.7m) in the UK to date.
For Paramount, Flight has now grossed $7.1m (£4.7m) in the UK.
This week sees saturation releases for Paramount’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (opens Feb 27), StudioCanal’s Broken City, Momentum’s Safe Haven and Fox’s Stoker.
Koch Media’s Arbitrage receives a wide release, while Momentum’s The Bay and New Wave’s Caesar Must Die are among the films receiving a limited release.