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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: Burton’s ‘Wonderland’ Strikes It Rich

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Alice in Wonderland had the highest winter opening ever, taking in $116M, beating the previous record set by The Passion of the Christ, which earned $83.8M in 2004. The live action version of the Lewis Carrol classic squeezed Avatar out of most of the nation’s 3D theater screens and replaced the record setting James Cameron epic in all Imax screens. Besides its phenomenal domestic gross, the Disney pic earned another $94M worldwide. Disney averted controversy and potential disaster and profit loss by setting the UK’s Odeon Theaters that had threatened to pull the film from markets throughout Europe after Disney announced that the DVD release of the film would be only three months after reaching theaters.

The dispute was settled hours before the film’s world premiere. An Odeon spokesman released a statement to announce that an agreement had been made, that said:

Odeon is pleased to announce that it will now be showing Alice In Wonderland beginning March 5 in its cinemas in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria.

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1. Alice in Wonderland (Disney) $116M

2. Brooklyn’s Finest (Overture) $13.5M

3. Shutter Island (Paramount) $13.3M, Cume $95.8M

4. Cop Out (Warner Bros.) $9.14M, Cume $32.4M

5. Avatar (Fox) $7.7M, Cume $720M

6. The Crazies (Overture) $7.02M, Cume $27.4M

7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Fox 2000) $5.1M, Cume 78M

8. Valentine’s Day (New Line) $4.27M, Cume $106M

9. Crazy Heart (Butcher’s Run) $3.35M, Cume $29.6M

10. Dear John (Sony) $2.85M, Cume $75.7M

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*Bold indicates the weekend’s new releases.
Source: Box Office Mojo

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