Alice In Wonderland opens big in US
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's 3-D trip down the rabbit hole drew huge crowds, as Alice In Wonderland earned a whopping 116.3 million dollars in its opening weekend in the US.
With a total significantly higher than forecasts predicted, the fantasy adventure film easily surpassed all other movies on release.
And it gave Walt Disney Studios the biggest opening for a 3-D film ever -- even better than Avatar. It was also Burton's best opening.
Alice In Wonderland teams the Edward Scissorhands director with his frequent collaborator Johnny, who plays the Mad Hatter in their new take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway also star, alongside Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
The weekend's second best performer at the box-office was Overture's Brooklyn's Finest, Antoine Fuqua's gritty police thriller, which earned 13.5 million dollars in its first weekend, according to studio estimates.
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island for Paramount followed closely with 13.3 million dollars in its third week of release, bringing its cumulative total to 95.8 million. Warner Bros's comedy Cop Out came in fourth, adding 9.1 million dollars for a two-week total of 32.4 million.