People really, really like Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland”. In fact, people liked it so much, they kept seeing the film over and over, and has pushed the 3D adventure into the $1 billion stratosphere, making it only the 6th film in the history of cinema to ever tally that number. According to Box Office Mojo, the film’s 3D grosses account for a whopping 71% of the film’s total earnings. And you wonder why Hollywood suits are tripping all over themselves to convert every single movie into 3D. Sheesh. To them this is the new gold rush.
With $332.3 million domestic and $667.7 million overseas, “Alice in Wonderland” joins the exclusive club occupied by king of the world heavyweights like “Avatar” and “Titanic” as $1 billion dollar movies. “Alice” also marks the highest grossing film of all time for director Tim Burton, but even more impressive, is the second film starring Johnny Depp that has surpassed $1 billion, counting “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” in 2006, which topped off at $1.066 billion when all was said and done.
Of the overseas box office that have added to the film’s coffers, Japan was #1 with $110.7 million, nearly 1/3rd of the movie’s total U.S. gross. The United Kingdom pitched in $64.1 million and the French added $46.7 million. Russia and Italy were also generous, adding $42.4 million and $42 million, respectively, to the film’s overseas total.
And “Alice’s” total numbers are only going to get better, with the film scheduled to land on a variety of DVD formats June 1st, 2010.
Here is a list of films in the $1 billion club and their final box office standing (as of this writing):
“Avatar”: $2.7 billion
“Titanic”: $1.8 billion
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”: $1.12 billion
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”: $1.066 billion
“The Dark Knight”: $1.002 billion
“Alice in Wonderland”: 1 billion