Update: Alice in Wonderland grossed $40.805 million on Friday. I’ve updated the daily chart — viewable after the jump — with Friday’s actual numbers.
Original article follows below.
The Tim Burton-directed / Johnny Depp-starring Alice in Wonderland got off to a huge start on Friday, pulling in an estimated $41 million. The film looks to be on pace for a $110-$120 million opening week (Tim Burton’s biggest ever). Playing in 3,728 theaters (2,063 3D / 188 IMAX 3D), Alice in Wonderland will become the biggest 3D opener ever (not to mention the biggest March opening ever–crushing the $70.885M set by 2007’s 300). For historical perspective, the previous best 3D opening — Avatar — had an opening day of $26.752M and a 3-day of $77.025M from 3,452 total theaters (2,038 3D / 178 IMAX 3D).
The only other new release this weekend was the Antoine Fuqua-directed R-action film Brookyln’s Finest. The Friday studio estimate for the film is $4.725M for an estimated $12-$15M opening weekend. So how badly did Avatar get affected by AiW‘s release? It held up fairly well actually. It drew a very respectable estimated $1.975M on Friday for what’s looking like a $7-$9M 12th weekend. Avatar could well be at a $720M domestic cume by the end of the weekend. Head on over the jump for the daily chart.
Daily Box Office Chart for Friday, February 26, 2010 [Update: Chart updated with the Friday actuals]
||Percent Change from Thursday||Theaters|
|1||Alice in Wonderland||$40,805,962||NEW||3,728|
Source: Box Office Mojo