Update: Click here for the final actual weekend numbers.
Original article follows below.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland opened to an estimated $116 million, the biggest opening ever for Burton (crushing the $68.533M opening of 2001’s “Planet of the Apes”) and the best-ever opening debut for a 3D film (eclipsing the $77.025M for Avatar). Buoyed by 3D and IMAX, Alice in Wonderland opened on Friday to an estimated $41M and grew 8.1% to $44.325M on Saturday. Disney is projecting a 30.1% decline on Sunday to $30.975M. That translates to a per screen theater average of $31,196.
The 3-day tally is enough to put the film ahead of Valentine’s Day ($106.42M) as the highest-grossing film of 2010. 3D and IMAX was clearly a factor in ‘Alice‘s huge opening, as the film grossed a record $11.9M from just 188 IMAX venues (an incredible $63,197 per site) and 3D (2,063 of the 3,728 theaters were 3D) contributed a record estimated $76M.
Worldwide receipts were also strong, an estimated $94M from 5,600 sites in 40 territories (for a per-screen average of $16,786) putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at an estimated $210.3 million. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.
The only other new release this weekend was the Antoine Fuqua-directed R-rated action film Brooklyn’s Finest which debuted in second place with a respectable estimated $13.5M from 1,936 theaters (Fri: $4.725M; Sat: $5.31M; Sun: $3.43M). Rounding out the top five, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (est. $95.825M cume) dropped to third place after two-straight first place showings with an estimated $13.3M, while Cop Out dropped two spots to fourth place (est. $9.145M / est. $32.36M cume) and Avatar dropped one spot, but stayed in the top five, in its 12th weekend with an estimated $7.7M (est. $720.189M cume).
Weekend Chart for March 5 – March 7, 2010: [Update: Chart updated with the final actual numbers. Also, click here for my updated post]
|MOVIE TITLE||WEEKEND GROSS||% CHANGE||THEATERS||CHANGE||TOTAL GROSS|
|1||Alice in Wonderland||$116,101,023||NEW||3,728||-||$116,101,023|