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Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to massive $116.1M

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]

1 Alice in Wonderland $116,101,023 NEW 3,728 $116,101,023
2 Brooklyn’s Finest $13,350,299 NEW 1,936 $13,350,299
3 Shutter Island $13,225,411 -41.6% 3,178 +175 $95,750,005
4 Cop out $9,289,311 -49.0% 3,150 $32,504,610
5 Avatar $8,118,102 -40.5% 2,163 -293 $720,607,444
6 The Crazies $7,078,851 -55.9%
2,479 +3 $27,472,164
7 ‘Percy Jackson’ $5,124,623 -46.5%
2,994 -308 $78,057,749
8 Valentine’s Day $4,154,110 -54.2%
3,040 -538 $106,303,870
9 Crazy Heart $3,312,591 +34.5%
1,274 +126 $29,532,002
10 Dear John $2,782,079 -42.1%
2,496 -510 $76,626,086

Sources: Box Office Mojo and THR (1), (2)