‘Alice in Wonderland’ has a frabjous opening: $210 million

March 07, 2010 | 5:30 p.m.

Ben Fritz at Company Town has the numbers on “Alice in Wonderland,” Tim Burton’s quasi-sequel to the Lewis Carroll classic of children’s literature, and they’re huge…

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Disney discovered an opening weekend in “Wonderland” the likes of which had never been seen before, taking in an eye-popping $210.3 million around the world in its debut.

Director Tim Burton’s 3-D adaptation of the classic fairy tale, starring Johnny Depp, sold a studio-estimated $116.3 million worth of tickets Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. Even accounting for ticket-price inflation, that’s the biggest-ever opening in the first quarter of the year, easily beating the record of $83.8 million set by “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.

In the 40 foreign territories where it opened simultaneously, “Alice in Wonderland” collected an additional $94 million. That’s also a record for the biggest foreign opening in the winter or spring, Disney said. The studio estimated that those countries represent about 60% of the movie’s international potential, with major markets such as France and Japan still to come.


— Ben Fritz


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3 Responses to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ has a frabjous opening: $210 million

  1. frances says:

    i love Alice in wonderland and all of Tim Burtons movies. wow! 2 in 1! well i had seen it in 3-D and it must have been the best movie i had ever seen in theaters. the graphics and the whole dark but very cool theme caught me. i loved everything about this movie except i was expecting a remake of any other Alice in wonderland. i was a little confused, since i haven't seen or read the story in years. then, the friends i had seen it with were totally confused as to why they kept saying 'that's not Alice, no that is Alice', and the flashbacks.. i had to explain it all. in other words i wish that Tim Burton and everyone that participated in this film will make a prequel ' in the looking glass' or something. i think it would sell just as good as this one did since everyone i know had ever seen all the other Alice in wonderland movies like i did and would better understand this one. keep the same actors and keep the same color schemes, everything the same. But make the story about her first trip to wonderland and how she met the mad hatter and the rabbit. and turtle? what happened to the turtle? or when she literally cries a river? or when the 3 cards were painting the queen of hearts' (and not the red queen) white roses to red? im just saying i and others will want to see Alice's first trip to wonderland with all the same creativity and feel like this one. Ohh! don't forget Johnny Depp. He played the roll of Hatter very well. the movie would not have been the same.

  2. samm32 says:

    I saw it in IMAX 3D and it was amazing. I am going to see it again this weekend.

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