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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Smashes Box Office Records

Walt Disney Animation Studios sequel delivers second-largest Thanksgiving five-day gross of all time.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet burst into theaters this long holiday weekend, smashing box office records to bring in the second-largest Thanksgiving five-day gross of all time.

With a domestic haul of $84.5 million, Wreck-It Ralph 2 is topped only by Disney’s Frozen, which debuted to $93.6 million the same weekend in 2013. Including Moana, which saw a $56.6 million domestic debut in 2016, Walt Disney Animation Studios now holds the top three Thanksgiving openings ever.

Overseas, where Ralph Breaks the Internet has opened in 18 markets including China, Russia, and Mexico, the film has made an additional $41.5 million for an early worldwide total of $126 million.

By comparison, the first Wreck-It Ralph movie earned $189.4 million domestically and $307.9 internationally for a total of $496.5 million globally following its 2012 release.

In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the Internet where they rely on its citizens -- the Netizens -- to help navigate their way.

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Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and produced by Clark Spencer, Ralph Breaks the Internet also features the voices of Gal Gadot, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, GloZell Green, Hamish Blake and Taraji P. Henson.

(Box Office numbers obtained via Box Office Mojo.)

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.