Alice in Wonderland Makes $116.3 Million this Weekend (More than Avatar!)
Kathryn Bigelow isn’t the only lady who had a big weekend in Hollywood. According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney’s new 3-D flick Alice in Wonderland made $116.3 million this weekend, making it the biggest 3-D release ever, the biggest March opening ever, and the highest-grossing movie of 2010 with $41 million on Friday and $44.3 million on Saturday. (It also kicked Avatar‘s butt.) Higher-priced 3-D tickets definitely make a difference, but it’s clear that viewers were excited to see Alice go down that rabbit hole.
The PG movie is directed by kooky favorite Tim Burton, and stars Mia Wasikowska, a mostly-unknown 20-year-old from Australia. (Move over, Kristen Stewart. Something tells me that Mia is well on her way to stardom.) Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway also star.
Alice in Wonderland has massive international appeal too. Overseas, Alice shot to #1 almost everywhere after opening day. Disney was lucky to avoid a boycott overseas when UK and other exhibitors were angered by the studio’s plans to shorten the theatrical-to-DVD window from 16 weeks to just 12 weeks.
Reviews for the film are mixed, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the pic a 53% rating. Most commend Burton for his fantastic visual world, but some criticize the movie’s mess of a story. Either way, something tells me we’ll be hearing about Alice 2 very soon.