Smashing its way to the top of the UK and US box offices this weekend is Ralph Breaks the Internet, the latest animation from Disney.
Ralph and Vanellope returned to UK cinemas after a six year break, collecting £4m and sitting high atop the weekend’s charts. Over in the US, where Wreck it Ralph opened to more than $84m over the Thanksgiving weekend, the movie held on to the top spot for a second consecutive weekend.
It brings the gross to $207m at the global box office, a strong showing considering competition for the family audience from Illumination’s festive feature The Grinch and Warner Bros. tentpole Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
“It’s wonderful that UK audiences have taken Ralph and Vanellope back to their hearts and to the top of the UK box office,” says Lee Jury, Head of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK & Ireland. “The brilliant team of film-makers that brought the film back to the big screen smashed it on both sides of the Atlantic with number one openings (in the US and UK) and we look forward to audiences enjoying the film as we head towards Christmas.”
As cinemagoers continue to flood into theatres to see Ralph and Venellope leave the relative safety of their arcade to embark on an adventure across the web, the property is wrecking the toy aisle, too.
A host of merchandise, collectbales, figures and plush toys have launched at Disney Store and selected retailers. Highlights include collectable from Funko across its many sub brands. The loveable hero gets the Pop! Treatment alongside other key characters from the film, as well as cropping up in Funko’s Vynl., Mystery Minis and Pop! Keychain brands.
From Bandai comes an assortment of action figures bringing the movie’s two protagonists to life alongside other cast members Fix-It Felix and Sergeant Calhoun. A Talking Venellope doll and arm-swinging Wrecking Ralph toy are hero toys from the Bandai range, rounded out by a Vehicle and Figure set that fans will instantly recognise.
Other exclusive to Disney Store and its new online platform shopDisney.co.uk include a reusable shopping bag splashed with colour and art from the movie, a figurine playset, character plush, wearable Wreck-It Ralph fists and more.
In Ralph Breaks the Internet, video-game bad guy Ralph and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz 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 the citizens of the internet to help navigate their way.