The Box-Office Top Five
Blame it on the shrinking potions, the magic mushrooms or the marvels of 3-D filmmaking — moviegoers once again flocked to "Alice in Wonderland" over the weekend and bestowed the Disney feature with the box office's first-place prize. Director Tim Burton's latest film took in a wondrous $62 million domestic haul by Sunday's conclusion, bringing the stateside total to an impressive $208.6 million. Foreign box-office numbers bring "Wonderland" 's total up to $429.6 million worldwide, more than twice the size of the 3-D picture's production budget after just two weeks in theaters.
The results for "Wonderland" are wonderful enough on their own, but the fact that the fantasy film dominated the weekend box office so decisively is all the more impressive given the vast amount of new releases that premiered in theaters. Of the four new entries, director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon's "Green Zone" performed the best with $14.5 million. That isn't a terrific result given the movie's reported $100 million budget.
In third place was "She's Out of My League," the romantic comedy starring Jay Baruchel that earned $9.6 million despite mostly negative reviews. Robert Pattinson, used to finishing in first thanks to his famous portrayal of Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," wound up in an unfamiliar $8.3 million fourth-place position for "Remember Me," the actor's newest and vampire-free romantic drama.
Director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" rounded out the top five with $8.1 million, easily breaking past the $100 million barrier. Fox Searchlight's "Our Family Wedding," a marriage-centric comedy starring Forest Whitaker and Taye Diggs, was the only new wide release that debuted outside of the top five, earning a sixth-place finish with $7.6 million. After 13 weekends in theaters, director James Cameron's "Avatar" finally fell out of the box office's top five, landing at #7.
Another crowded weekend at the box office looms, as Sony's "The Bounty Hunter," Fox's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and Universal's "Repo Men" are released nationwide. Ben Stiller's "Greenberg" and Kristen Stewart's "The Runaways" also open in limited runs.
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