Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland took over the worldwide box office this weekend, earning $116.3 million domestically and $94 million overseas for three-day total of $210.3 million! The domestic figure from 3,728 theaters marks the sixth-biggest opening weekend of all time and is a new record for a film opening in March, destroying the $70.9 million that 300 made in 2007. It's the biggest opening ever for Tim Burton (his previous top opener was Planet of the Apes' $68.5 million), the biggest non-sequel release of all time, and the biggest 3D release ever, besting the $77 million that Avatar earned in December. "Alice" is also the largest debut ever for a winter release, surpassing The Passion of The Christ ($83.8 million).
"Alice" took over the top spot in foreign markets from Avatar, which had been No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Overseas, the film debuted at 5,600 theaters in 41 markets, which represents only about 60% of the international market. The $94 million marks the biggest international opening weekend ever for a movie released in the January-April period.
Alice in Wonderland also broke Avatar's previous IMAX record of $9.5 million by earning $11.9 million on 188 of the large format screens - that's an average of $64,197 per site!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
"Alice" Breaks New Records
I'm excited to announce that Alice in Wonderland broke many records over the past weekend. I will have a review up in the next few days. ComingSoon.net states: