Box Office: Alice’s Rabbit Hole is Filled with Cash

You may have heard, but there’s a little shindig going on in Hollywood tonight. Something about some bald golden fella or some such. In any case, despite the big happenings in the evening for the celebrity folks, the average moviegoer still went to the movies, go figure, and from the numbers, it appears most of them went to see Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” in 3D. The result is a record $116.3 3-day opening weekend, a number that flabbergasted even the folks over at Disney.

The number also makes “Alice” the highest opening 3D film of all time, beating out even, yes, James Cameron’s “Avatar”, which opened with $55 million before going on to devour the box office. Besides the $116.3 million, “Alice” also raked in $94 million from overseas markets, putting its current 3-day worldwide total at $210 million. Budgeted at $200 million, the Depp-Burton film exceeded all expectations, including industry estimates that had it making anywhere from $60 to $70 million in its first week. So much for the experts.

The only studio film to open against “Alice” was Antoine Fuqua’s crime flick “Brooklyn’s Finest”, which debuted with $13.5 million. The moderately budgeted film (estimated at $25 million) did well enough to take second place, just beating out Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” by $200,000, according to studio estimates. Who knows if the two titles will swap places when final Monday numbers roll around.

Speaking of Cameron’s “Avatar”, the sci-fi epic fell another spot to fifth place, from fourth place last week. The film took in another $7.7 million in its 12th week on the charts, giving it a domestic total of $720 million in the States so far. Worldwide, the film has now made $2.5 billion. Yow.

Here’s how the Top 10 looked at the box office (via):

1 —–Alice in Wonderland (2010) —–$116,300,000 —–$116,300,000
2 —–Brooklyn’s Finest —–$13,500,000 —–$13,500,000
3 —–Shutter Island —– $13,300,000 —–$95,825,000
4 —–Cop Out —–$9,145,000 —–$32,360,000
5 —–Avatar —–$7,700,000 —–$720,189,000
6 —–The Crazies —–$7,016,000 —–$27,409,000
7 —–Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief —–$5,100,000 —–$78,033,000
8 —–Valentine’s Day —–$4,270,000—–$106,420,000
9 —–Crazy Heart —–$3,350,000 —–$29,569,000
10 —–Dear John —–$2,850,000 —– $76,694,000

Aw, man, some chick in a dress trounced us. I blame you, Ethan Hawke!