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Tim Burton no longer directing Maleficent

Tim Burton is no longer attached to direct Disney’s live-action “Sleeping Beauty” film Maleficent. The studio has immediately began the search for a new director, with David Yates (“Harry Potter”) a rumored replacement.

Angelina Jolie is still attached to star, and the project is being targeted for a 2013 release.

Source: Heat Vision […]

Chloe Moretz cast in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Chloe Moretz (“Kick-Ass”) is in talks to join the cast of Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of the ’60s TV series Dark Shadows. Moretz would play the daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Johnny Depp toplines the project as Barnabas Collins.

Source: Deadline

Thomas McDonell joins cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Thomas McDonell will play a young version of Johnny Depp’s character Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the ’60s TV series Dark Shadows. Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the script and Warner Brothers is releasing. The project is expected to begin shooting this April for a 2012 release.

Source: Variety

Martin Sheen in talks for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

The Playlist | indieWIRE is reporting that Martin Sheen is in talks to join Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of the ’60s TV series Dark Shadows. He would play an undisclosed supporting role in the film, joining previously cast Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

Dark […]

Michelle Pfeiffer in talks to join Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Heat Vision | THR is reporting that Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Brothers’ big-screen adaptation of the 1960s vampire TV series Dark Shadows. If cast, Pfeiffer would star opposite Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green and Bella Heatchote and would reunite with director Tim Burton (1992’s “Batman Returns”):

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Eva Green cast in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Eva Green has been cast as the female lead in Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of the 60s supernatural TV series Dark Shadows. Green joins previously cast Johnny Depp who will play the lead role of Barnabas Collins.

In related news, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcoate are said to be negotiating lead roles in […]

Disney shifts release dates of John Carter of Mars and Frankenweenie

Walt Disney Studios has announced that they’ve shifted the release dates of John Carter of Mars and Frankenweenie. ‘Mars’ is now scheduled to hit theaters on March 9, 2012 versus the originally scheduled June 8 slot, while Frankenweenie will now hit theaters on October 9, 2012 instead of March 9.

Source: Box Office Mojo

Disney sets 2012 release dates for John Carter of Mars and Frankenweenie

Disney has set release dates for two highly anticipated projects. John Carter of Mars, Pixar director Andrew Stanton’s first live action feature, will hit theaters on June 8, 2012 while Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie will hit theaters on March 9, 2012. Both films will be released in 3D.

Other release schedule updates […]

Tim Burton confirmed as director for Monsterpocalypse

/Film spoke with producer Roy Lee and was able to confirm that Tim Burton is attached to develop and direct Disney/Dreamworks’ big screen adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse. As previously reported, John August was tapped to write the script and the site reports that he is currently in the process of writing the script with input […]

Seth Grahame-Smith to write Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Seth Grahame-Smith, writer of the best-selling novel Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been tapped to write the screenplay to the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of the 1960s TV series Dark Shadows. As previously reported, Johnny Depp will star as the vampire Barnabas Collins. Production is slated to begin this January.

Source: […]

Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to $116.1M; Breaks 3D/IMAX records

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed an impressive $116.101 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). The film opened on Friday to $40.805M, improved 8.3% to 44.209M on Saturday and dropped 29.7% on Sunday to $31.087M. That translates to a per theater average of $31,143.

The 3-day tally is enough to put it ahead of Valentine’s Day ($106.42M) as the highest-grossing film of 2010.

‘Alice’ was helped significantly by 3D and IMAX, which accounted for about 70%, or over $80M of its opening weekend, topping the previous $55M record set by Avatar. The film grossed an estimated record $11.9M (included in the $80M tally) from just 188 IMAX venues (an incredible $63,197 per site).  The previous best for IMAX was Avatar‘s $9.5M from 178 sites.  Box Office Mojo estimates that combined, the 3D and IMAX ticket premiums over normal prices added about $22M to Alice‘s gross.

Worldwide receipts were also strong, $100.5M from 6,455 sites in 40 territories (for a per-screen average of $15,569) putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at $216.601 million. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.

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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.

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