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Shortlist for The Wolverine director down to eight

Since Darren Aronofsky’s depature as director of The Wolverine this past March, 20th Century Fox has been interviewing perspective candidates to direct the film. Now Variety is reporting that the studio has narrowed the field down to eight potential directors. They are: Jose Padilha, Doug Liman, Antoine Fuqua, Mark Romanek, Justin Lin, Gavin O’Connor, […]

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.

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Box Office Numbers (Friday, March 5, 2010): Alice in Wonderland debuts to huge $40.8 million Friday

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.

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