Alice in Wonderland Grabbed $116.3 Million Weekend Box-Office Debut
Alice is in wonderland, alright. Not just down the rabbit hole, but also at the top of box office. Hooray!
The movie that follows a teenage Alice back to wonderland has successfully grabbed 116.3 million dollars in its opening weekend, making a new record for a 3-D film.
It surpassed all other films in release and gave Walt Disney Studios an even bigger opening than that of the hugely popular 3-D film, Avatar. It also marked the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel.
Chuck Viane, Disney’s president of distribution, commented on the surprising income, saying “This is just one of those cultural phenomenons that has caught everybody’s interest. They don’t come like this very often.”
Alice in Wonderland, which stars Johnny Depp, went on to make $41 million on Friday alone, $44.3 million on Saturday, and took in $210.3 million worldwide. As Viane said about the unpredicted result, “We went into Friday thinking that we really had a big hit with us, and then all of a sudden the numbers started to roll in.”
Antoine Fuqua’s gritty police thriller, Brooklyn’s Finest, sat at the second place earning $13.5 million in its first weekend. Followed closely by Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, with $13.3 million in its third week of release, bringing its cumulative total to $95.8 million.
Here’s a complete rundown of the weekend’s top-grossing films Friday-Sunday, per estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
- Alice in Wonderland, $116.3 million
- Brooklyn’s Finest, $13.5 million
- Shutter Island, $13.3 million
- Cop Out, $9.1 million
- Avatar, $7.7 million
- The Crazies, $7 million
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, $5.1 million
- Valentine’s Day, $4.3 million
- Crazy Heart, $3.4 million
- Dear John, $2.9 million
[ via Yahoo! News ]