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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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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.


Casting Corner: Kat Dennings, Uma Thurman and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Kat Dennings: The Nick and Norah actress is one of the latest additions to Thor, Kenneth Branagh’s feature about the mythological god of thunder. It’s believed Dennings will work alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s assistant. Meanwhile, Stuart Townsend (Fandral), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg the Valiant) and Tadanobu Asano (Hogun the Grim) have been tapped to fight with the title character (Chris Hemsworth). Filming will begin early next year.

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Casting Corner: Kristen Bell, Justin Long and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Kristen Bell: Who knew Veronica Mars was a dancer? Kristen Bell has just been added to the cast of Burlesque, a film that will see Christina Aguilera playing a small-town girl working at a cabaret-esque club in Los Angeles. The film, which stars Cher as the establishment’s owner, will feature Bell as the soon-to-be former lead dancer. Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough will also do what she does best.

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Casting Corner: Jason Sudeikis, Mark Ruffalo and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jason Sudeikis: The Saturday Night Live star may be on board for Going the Distance, a romantic comedy starring (exes?) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Sudeikis is in talks to play Box, a friend who thinks Justin’s long-distance relationship with Drew is a mistake. (Don’t we all?) Nanette Burstein (American Teen) has been tapped to direct the New Line movie.

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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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Getting Into Character: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter?

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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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Anne Hathaway Added to Alice in Wonderland Cast

Anne HathawayWho knew a horrible breakup could kick off the best part of one’s career?

In the last few weeks, Anne Hathaway has done a superb job moving past the issues in her personal life. She’s braved uncomfortable interviews, earned Oscar buzz for Rachel Getting Married and made people laugh on Saturday Night Live. (You can see one of her SNL sketches after the jump.) Now Anne’s adding a high-profile project to her resume.

It’s just been announced that Hathaway will be the latest star to join . The Tim Burton film - which already boasts Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter - also features Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Hathaway is scheduled to play the White Queen.

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Johnny Depp Attached to More Disney Projects

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow has just now officially sold his soul to the Mouse.

After starring in several blockbusters for , the Oscar-nominated actor is ready to go back for more. The studio has just announced that the money maker will be starring in not one…not two…but three more projects for them.

In addition to reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow (yes, there will be a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean installment), Depp will be taking on the character of Tonto in an adaptation of The Lone Ranger.

Johnny will also - surprise! - appear in yet another Tim Burton film. Although it was already suspected that he would participate in Alice in Wonderland, his signature was only recently placed on the dotted line. Depp will now be joining Mia Wasikowska as the Mad Hatter.

Alice - which will use the same technology implemented in Beowulf - is slated to hit theaters in 2010.

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