The vast majority of moviegoers traveled through the looking glass and into theaters to see "Alice in Wonderland" this weekend, Disney and director Tim Burton's 3-D exploration of the classic Lewis Carroll tale that debuted at the box office with a decisive first place finish.
"Alice" amassed an extraordinary $116.3 million in domestic ticket sales and an additional $94 million in foreign territories for a total of $210.3 million worldwide, already sufficiently past its production budget of $200 million. Disney's latest adventure was the biggest opening of 2010 thus far and also the single greatest opening weekend ever for a winter release, surpassing the previous $83.8 million record established by "The Passion of the Christ" in February of 2004.
Although "Alice" was the clear cut winner, the weekend's other new wide release, "Brooklyn's Finest," performed admirably. The Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle starring cop drama earned a second place finish worth $13.5 million across slightly under 2,000 theaters — not a bad result for a film that cost roughly $25 million to produce.
Last weekend's gold and silver medal winners, director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and Kevin Smith's "Cop Out," dropped to third and fourth place respectively by Sunday's end. James Cameron's "Avatar" finished in fifth place with $7.7 million, rebounding from its decline to sixth place on Friday. Overture's "The Crazies" fell out of the top five for a sixth place finish worth $7 million.
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