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Wreck-It Ralph ends Les Miserables box office run

Wreck-It Ralph
Image caption Wreck-It Ralph is set inside amusement arcade machines

Tom Hooper's epic Les Miserables has finally been knocked off the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart by Disney animation Wreck-It Ralph.

The tale of the arcade game bruiser who wants to be liked took £4.5m in its opening weekend.

It was the highest three-day figure for an animated feature since Ice Age: Continental Drift was released in July.

Les Miserables, which had a four-week run at the top, took £1.6m for a cumulative total of £33.4m.

The Dan Mazer comedy I Give It A Year debuted at number three with £1.5m, while Django Unchained continued to do well at four, taking £1.1m for a running tally of £12.4m.

But there was disappointment for Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren film Hitchcock, which had to settle for eighth spot in its opening week after pulling in £606,817 for a weak average of £1,589 across 382 screens.

By comparison, I Give It A Year opened at 396 locations while Wreck-It Ralph opened at 501.

The other new entry in the top 10 was zombie romance-flick Warm Bodies, which debuted at six behind Denzel Washington's Flight.

Lincoln, Life of Pi and The Impossible made up the rest of the top 10 at seven, nine and 10 respectively.

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