The release of Tim Burton’s adaptation of the beloved tale Alice in Wonderland has been highly anticipated to say the least, and this past weekend, the movie came out swinging, smashing box office records, including one held by Avatar. The whimsical movie, which was shown on both 2-D and 3-D screens beat Avatar’s opening weekend numbers by more than $30 million. Alice in Wonderland grossed $116.3 million in the U.S. alone and $210.3 million internationally, far ahead of the weekend’s next highest grossing movie, Brooklyn’s Finest, which raked in $13,500,000. Shutter Island came in third place over the weekend, with $13,300,000.
The movie’s release may also mark the downward slope of Avatar’s mountain of earnings, as most IMAX screens replaced the blue, braid-adorned Na’Vi with Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Now, can Alice keep up the pace?