Skip to comments.Alice in Wonderland opening weekend surpasses Avatar and Passion of the Christ
Posted on 03/08/2010 7:39:21 AM PST by RGirard
Walt Disney's new movie 'Alice in Wonderland' had a wonderful opening weekend at the box office with an estimated $116.3 Million in domestic ticket sales, surpassing Avatar as the 3-D box office champ, and eclipsing Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ for opening weekends during the first quarter of the year ...
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More Schadenfreude for James Cameron.
One thing I always wonder about numbers like this: do they correct for the rising price of movie tickets? Years ago when I went to see something like Lord of the Rings, the ticket price was $6. Now it’s $10.50. Would it not be more useful to quote numbers of tickets sold instead of the money brought in by raising prices?
LOL...couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Good. I finally saw Avatar this weekend, and it was good, but far short of the raving I heard the past 2 months. The effects were insanely good, but the second half of the story was boring and total hollywood template.
Yes that would be a good idea, inflation is briefly addressed in the article
did you see Avatar in 3-D? I liked the story
When they correct for ticket price per value of the dollar, Gone with the Wind remains supreme.
1 Gone with the Wind MGM $1,537,559,600 $198,676,459 1939^
2 Star Wars Fox $1,355,490,100 $460,998,007 1977^
3 The Sound of Music Fox $1,083,781,000 $158,671,368 1965
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $1,079,511,500 $435,110,554 1982^
5 The Ten Commandments Par. $996,910,000 $65,500,000 1956
6 Titanic Par. $976,712,200 $600,788,188 1997
7 Jaws Uni. $974,679,800 $260,000,000 1975
8 Doctor Zhivago MGM $944,670,800 $111,721,910 1965
9 The Exorcist WB $841,427,600 $232,671,011 1973^
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Dis. $829,490,000 $184,925,486 1937^
11 101 Dalmatians Dis. $760,370,300 $144,880,014 1961^
12 The Empire Strikes Back Fox $747,154,600 $290,475,067 1980^
13 Ben-Hur MGM $745,780,000 $74,000,000 1959
14 Avatar Fox $720,189,000 $720,189,000 2009
15 Return of the Jedi Fox $715,792,100 $309,306,177 1983^
16 The Sting Uni. $678,377,100 $156,000,000 1973
17 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $670,759,500 $242,374,454 1981^
18 Jurassic Park Uni. $656,026,500 $357,067,947 1993
19 The Graduate AVCO $651,198,300 $104,901,839 1967^
20 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $645,524,400 $431,088,301 1999
adjusted, unadjusted, year
That said, the theater was packed.
I took my grandson to see ‘Alice’ yesterday, and they charged an extra $2 per ticket for the 3-D version over the non-3-D version. That’s an additional impact on revenues.
That said, the theater was packed.
Did you fire up a couple of doobies before watching it?
I saw it with 12 friends on Saturday, and needless to say, was quite disappointed.
Of the other folks I watched the movie with, 2 fell asleep, and most of those who stayed awake gave it a solid 5/10. I feel compelled to agree.
It’s unfortunate, because the opening (and closing) sequences of the movie were quite well done, and it was Wonderland itself that suffered from a remarkable lack of imagination and really struggled at filling the viewer with anything like curiousity or awe.
IMO, the 3-D stuff wasn't over done at all. They didn't make stuff fly out of the screen all the time just because they could. It seemed they only used it when it added something to the visual. I thought it was well done, but it's still Alice in Wonderland which is not a movie I would have chosen to see given the option. It was the grandson's day out with his pap and that's what he wanted to do.
A lot depends on the rating of the movie. If it’s a G, or even a PG movie, that’s an instant boost in ticket sales, because folks are bringing their children to the movie. With a PG-13, or R movie, you’re limiting, immediately, the numbers of people who can go see it.
Ditto, I am headed to the movie with my 9 year old son. He just finished reading “Through the Looking Glass” in his book club and is as excited as my wife and I are to see it. I know he is kind of a nut, but I thoroughly enjoy Johnny Depp movies. Go figure.
I saw it yesterday with my wife and teen daughters. We all enjoyed it very much. The Cheshire Cat was my fave character. I thought it was well done (great visually, interesting story, good acting).
There is a “normalized” chart but nobody pays attention to it. Of course these days it just gets harder, Alice was released in 3 different “modes” (2D regular theater, 3D regular theater, 3D IMax) each with different ticket prices. So the normalization chart gets more and more layers.
Avatar, aka Dances with Smurfs, was more of a theme park ride than a movie. Visually stunning, but marred by bad acting, a weak script, laughable dialogue, and naive “noble savage”/tree hugger politics.
Alice in Wonderland was terrible.
it relied on computer graphics to make the movie.
Johnny Depp was underused.
Anne Hathaway was a bit too flakey looking for a “female champion to weild her sword.”
The little girl in the begining playing the young alice was “little miss” beauty pagent creepy.
and the rejected wedding proposal was as predictable.
The only suprise was that the very very very very minor part of the businessman not-to-be-father-in-law was actually a “good guy.”
I would urge a wait for free TV.
DO NOT waste money to see this in 3d.
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