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Box Office Breakdown: Alice in Wonderland in the Green Zone

Alice in Wonderland

The combined forces of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass could not earn the green.

Although the film nearly matched The Hurt Locker‘s total domestic gross ($15.7 million) in just one weekend, Green became the latest war-based film to open to underwhelming numbers. The movie, which debuted to $14.3 million and cost approximately $100 million to produce, also came nowhere near Damon and Greengrass’ last project together. (The Bourne Ultimatum opened to $69.3 million in 2007.)

Meanwhile, continued along its fantastic journey. The movie, which has now taken in over $209 million domestically, has officially become one of Disney’s Top 20 all-time entries.

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Box Office Breakdown: Wonderful Start for Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Something tells me we’ll be seeing more collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton soon.

, the latest project from the famous movie-making team, unfolded to a whopping $116 million over the Oscar weekend. Disney’s 3-D adaptation had the best open ever for a non-sequel and the largest debut for any winter release outside of the holiday season. (And we thought Passion of the Christ‘s $83.8 million looked good six years ago.)

Tim Burton’s entry gave the director his best first weekend to date (compared to the $68.5 million Planet of the Apes grossed in 2001). The movie did, though, come in second to Johnny Depp’s personal high. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest raked in $135.6 million in 2006.)

Alice also topped all 3-D openers…including Avatar. (Granted, James Cameron did have a blizzard to contend with at the time.)

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In Theaters This Weekend: March 5, 2010

Brooklyn's Finest

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Alice in Wonderland (PG): starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter (directed by Tim Burton)
  • Brooklyn’s Finest (R): starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke (directed by Antoine Fuqua)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 2, 2010

2012 DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • 2012: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933): DVD
  • The Beaches of Agnes: DVD
  • Castle in the Sky (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • Clash of the Titans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cold Souls: DVD
  • Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey: DVD
  • Gentlemen Broncos: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD
  • The Neverending Story: DVD, Blu-ray

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Johnny Depp Mad for Hatter Role

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter is honored to play the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

The 46-year-old actor admits his eccentric character in ‘s film, based on the classic children’s novel, was a “dream” role.

“To play the Mad Hatter and breathe life into Tim’s vision is a dream come true. He’s a fascinating character. He’s mad. He’s unpredictable.”

Depp also suggests the Mad Hatter will have a great affection for the movie’s protagonist, Alice, played by actress : “They complete one another like a brother and sister do. He’s very protective of her, and she’s very protective of him.”

Earlier this month , who plays the White Queen in the movie, admitted the original script had her playing the lead role of Alice - but she turned it down as she felt it was too close to a previous role.

“The studio had the Alice script a long time ago and I was approached back then for the part of Alice. I considered it, but felt, what with The Princess Diaries, that I had been there, done that sort of pretty-girl-in-a-fairy-dress role. I told the studio, however, that I would, however, be interested in playing the White Queen.”

follows a storyline different to the original story, written by Lewis Caroll, and will be released in early March.

Get Two New Peeks at Alice in Wonderland

Could 2010 just get here already?

Although there are a long list of award nominees I still have yet to see, I’m already looking forward to the post-Oscar period. I mean, how can you watch this new trailer and not get excited? I doubt we’d ever see anything this fun in the Best Film category - even with its expanded field. Thankfully, we have less than three months to go before the March 5 premiere.

A slightly different UK trailer can be found after the jump.

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First Look: Alice in Wonderland’s Teaser Trailer

Thanks to Where the Wild Things Are and now Alice in Wonderland, children everywhere will soon be searching for magical lands of their own.

In this teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s latest creation, we see what can happen when young ladies fall down mysterious holes and drink things from unlabeled bottles. We also get brief glimpses of a number of characters including The White Queen (Anne Hathaway), The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), The Cheshire Cat (Michael Sheen) and Tweedledum/Tweedledee (Matt Lucas). Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice while Johnny Depp portrays The Mad Hatter.

premieres on March 5, 2010

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The Colorful Characters from Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

No matter how you feel about ‘s uneven work (Mars Attacks? Planet of the Apes?), there’s one thing that cannot be denied: His films are a visual treat.

Next year, the director will introduce , an adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story. The movie, which uses live action and performance-capture technology, will be offered in 3-D.

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Beauty and the Beast to Go 3-D

Beauty and the BeastAs hard as it is to believe, it’s already been 17 years since Beauty and the Beast first premiered. And though it’s still nice to still along with Gaston and Lumiere via the DVD, we will soon have a new way to experience the movie all over again.

Come 2010, Disney will rerelease the Oscar-nominated film - it was the first full-length animated movie to be up for Best Picture - as a new 3-D theatrical feature. This update is just one of several reissues the studio has in store. Plans for a revamped Toy Story and Toy Story 2 have already been in the works.

In addition to this weekend’s release of , upcoming 3-D titles for Disney include the Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Movie, Toy Story 3, Up, G-Force, Alice in Wonderland and Rapunzel.

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Getting Into Character: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter?

Johnny Depp

Given all the characters we’ve seen take on, is the Mad Hatter really a stretch?

Although the circumstances behind this image have not yet been confirmed, it’s believed this picture is of the 45-year-old on the set. Since the Tim Burton film will be incorporating live action and performance-capture technology a la Beowulf, it’s not clear how this costume may fit into the Lewis Carroll update.

The 2010 release also features Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Helena Bonham Carter (the Red Queen), (the White Queen), Michael Sheen (the Cheshire Cat) and Crispin Glover (the Knave of Hearts).


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