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Weekend Box-Office: March 19-21, 2010

03.21.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Depp + Burton + 3D = $570M worldwide

Despite 3 new movies hitting the cinematic airwaves this past weekend, it was Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND which maintained the top spot for the third week in a row, while at the same time, raising its overall total to $266M, already becoming the 45th highest grossing domestic movie of all-time. And that's despite the fact that I've yet to meet anyone that really liked it. Huh. The film has grossed about $570M worldwide so far.

From the week's 3 new movies, both DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and THE BOUNTY HUNTER opened quite well, which was particularly strange for the latter film, which was annihilated by most film critics, including our own Chris Bumbray. Unfortunately for REPO MEN, which was enjoyed by the critics on our site, along with a handful of schmoes on Movie Fan Central and our forums, it only managed about $6M in its first 3 days of release, which is pretty bad when you consider that the film apparently cost about $30M to produce. Expect it to be out of the top 10 in a couple of weeks, max.

The weekend's biggest drop-off came from REMEMBER ME, the Robert Pattinson flick, which lost about 60% of its audience from last weekend. I guess that proves that even Twi-hards aren't gonna see a movie umpteen times for the dude, especially if the ending stinks, like this one. And speaking of Twi-hards, Kristen Stewart also starred in a film this past weekend which did not include blood-suckers, entitled THE RUNAWAYS. The film was released in only 244 theaters, but didn't fare much better than REMEMBER ME, with less than $1M in receipts.

GREEN ZONE also dropped pretty heavily from 2nd to 6th place this weekend, bringing its total to about $25M so far, which also sucks pretty bad, when you consider that the film apparently cost about $100M to produce. Yikes! SHUTTER ISLAND, on the other hand, is going strong with $115M after 5 weeks of release. The film has become director Martin Scorsese's 2nd highest grossing movie of all-time, after 2006's THE DEPARTED, which made over $132M at the time.

The three movies to get booted from the top 10 this week include BROOKLYN'S FINEST ($25M --boy, that was fast!), THE CRAZIES ($36M) and Kevin Smith's COP OUT ($43M). Despite all the bad buzz on Smith's picture, it turned out to be his highest-grossing movie ever, along with being profitable (it only cost $30M to make). Roman Polanski's GHOST WRITER just missed the top 10 this week in 11th place. It was in 15th place last weekend.

Next week sees the release of only 2 new movies including another 3D flick -- this one animated -- called HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. The other film opening next weekend looks pretty funny to me, and features one of the most straight-forward titles since SNAKES ON A PLANE. It's called HOT TUB TIME MACHINE but thankfully does not feature 3D effects (at least, not as of now).

1. Alice in Wonderland $ 34.5 Million $ 265.8 Million
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid $ 21.8 Million
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3. The Bounty Hunter $ 21 Million
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4. Repo Men $ 6.2 Million
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5. She's Out of my League $ 6 Million $ 19.9 Million
6. Green Zone $ 5.9 Million $ 24.7 Million
7. Shutter Island $ 4.8 Million $ 115.8 Million
8. Avatar $ 4 Million $ 736.9 Million
9. Our Family Wedding $ 3.8 Million $ 13.7 Million
10. Remember Me $ 3.3 Million $ 13.9 Million

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8:01AM on 03/22/2010
Shame 'The Ghost Writer' didn't quite crack the top ten. I think Summit waited too long to give it a wide release. Interesting that Brosnan has three films in the top 16. Well, I find it mildly interesting...
Shame 'The Ghost Writer' didn't quite crack the top ten. I think Summit waited too long to give it a wide release. Interesting that Brosnan has three films in the top 16. Well, I find it mildly interesting...
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7:38AM on 03/22/2010

Serves Universal right.

I'm glad that Repo Men is tanking, thats what you get for ripping off a cult classic like the Genetic opera.
Alice is not my favourite Tim Burton film, but still glad it is doing well.
I'm glad that Repo Men is tanking, thats what you get for ripping off a cult classic like the Genetic opera.
Alice is not my favourite Tim Burton film, but still glad it is doing well.
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7:32AM on 03/22/2010

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I can't believe Avatar is STILL making money! Holy Santa Claus shit!

BTW: Unrelated side note - Everyone should really check out the kick-ass new series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' on Starz - look for me every time Crixus has a battle scene.
I can't believe Avatar is STILL making money! Holy Santa Claus shit!

BTW: Unrelated side note - Everyone should really check out the kick-ass new series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' on Starz - look for me every time Crixus has a battle scene.
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4:35AM on 03/22/2010
Alice rules. Glad to see it dominating.
Alice rules. Glad to see it dominating.
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3:36AM on 03/22/2010

Look At It This Way...

I understand why some are baffled at how well Alice is doing considering it somewhat disappointed the masses (I liked it though), but look at it from a kid's perspective. They don't EXPECT anything from Johnny Depp or Tim Burton, for them 3D is 3D...no difference between the 'pseudo' 3D and Avatar-3D, and they don't EXPECT stellar performances and deep storytelling just because it has big names. None of this really matters at all. What matters is that it's mysterious, weird, colorful, and
I understand why some are baffled at how well Alice is doing considering it somewhat disappointed the masses (I liked it though), but look at it from a kid's perspective. They don't EXPECT anything from Johnny Depp or Tim Burton, for them 3D is 3D...no difference between the 'pseudo' 3D and Avatar-3D, and they don't EXPECT stellar performances and deep storytelling just because it has big names. None of this really matters at all. What matters is that it's mysterious, weird, colorful, and larger than life. Via the eyes of a kid, Alice in Wonderland is more than fun to watch...twice! So of course it's gonna' make loads of cash. This movie was never meant for "movie-analysts".
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12:42AM on 03/22/2010

AS PREDICTED

Jude Law is bad luck at the B.O. It's seldom a film he headlined made big bucks. Really like the guy and dying to see Repo Men. The reason why Alice is doing so well is because of the school kids. Most of my nephews and cousins want to see that movie based on a book they are bound to read or loved reading. Action films are taking a downward trend unless superhero based. Sad.
Jude Law is bad luck at the B.O. It's seldom a film he headlined made big bucks. Really like the guy and dying to see Repo Men. The reason why Alice is doing so well is because of the school kids. Most of my nephews and cousins want to see that movie based on a book they are bound to read or loved reading. Action films are taking a downward trend unless superhero based. Sad.
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12:31AM on 03/22/2010
The poster for Bounty Hunter gets the ladies in. It's classic RomCom material, with top notch leads. Whether the actual story is any good is sort of irrelevant.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a very popular book for the pre-teen crowd. There are 10 year olds out there for whom this is an essential movie to see, and their parents will be quite comfortable in them seeing it.

None of this is bad. They're just not movies aimed at this website's readers.
The poster for Bounty Hunter gets the ladies in. It's classic RomCom material, with top notch leads. Whether the actual story is any good is sort of irrelevant.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a very popular book for the pre-teen crowd. There are 10 year olds out there for whom this is an essential movie to see, and their parents will be quite comfortable in them seeing it.

None of this is bad. They're just not movies aimed at this website's readers.
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12:12AM on 03/22/2010

you know what repo men needs...

to take advantage of Cameron's playbook, re-release ir in the summer in 3d, the robots will love it, the idea of blood and gust almost splashing in your face will be awe inspiring and so over the top that there will be actual 3d vomit. seriously though, when the first '3d caused my blindness,seizures, acid reflux' law suit occurs it will die a very fast death, so here's the plan folks, go and get your doctors to find a causal link between 3d and some illness and we will all be better off. repo
to take advantage of Cameron's playbook, re-release ir in the summer in 3d, the robots will love it, the idea of blood and gust almost splashing in your face will be awe inspiring and so over the top that there will be actual 3d vomit. seriously though, when the first '3d caused my blindness,seizures, acid reflux' law suit occurs it will die a very fast death, so here's the plan folks, go and get your doctors to find a causal link between 3d and some illness and we will all be better off. repo men probably did poorly because it's rated 'r' and in these economic times people want to go to the cinema with the whole family and share a bucket of popcorn and a gallon coke.
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11:47PM on 03/21/2010
Alice got a great release date with no 3d movie coming in to push it out of theaters for a while. 3D is still a fad and will see the love affair with it die down when multiple movies are released in 3D at the same time. Giving both a very small window to make a good amount of money. This summer when a new 3D movie opens every weekend and each film only gets a week to make back all that money that was used to render into 3D we'll see it blow up in the studios faces. If they want this thing to
Alice got a great release date with no 3d movie coming in to push it out of theaters for a while. 3D is still a fad and will see the love affair with it die down when multiple movies are released in 3D at the same time. Giving both a very small window to make a good amount of money. This summer when a new 3D movie opens every weekend and each film only gets a week to make back all that money that was used to render into 3D we'll see it blow up in the studios faces. If they want this thing to last they need to start building a shitload of Imax's. I live in L.A. and there are only 4 or 5 in the second largest city in the country, not nearly enough to handle a possible 2011 summer where every major film will be in IMAX 3D. So keep thinking this is here to stay.
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11:42PM on 03/21/2010

Wonderland

I saw Alice twice and it took the second watch to really like it and appreciate it, it's the kind of film you learn to like, I'm glad it's doing so good but I hope it doesn't spawn a sequel.
I saw Alice twice and it took the second watch to really like it and appreciate it, it's the kind of film you learn to like, I'm glad it's doing so good but I hope it doesn't spawn a sequel.
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10:26PM on 03/21/2010
Alice sucked. Everyone that sat around me fell asleep. I usually enjoy Johnny Depp, but he was terrible. I thought he would have been a great Mad Hatter, but I guess I was wrong. I am shocked the movie is doing as well as it is.
Alice sucked. Everyone that sat around me fell asleep. I usually enjoy Johnny Depp, but he was terrible. I thought he would have been a great Mad Hatter, but I guess I was wrong. I am shocked the movie is doing as well as it is.
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10:13PM on 03/21/2010

I liked Alice

I'm glad this is making money as I really liked it. However, I saw it in 2D as the 3D showing was sold out. I've hear that the 3D transfer is pretty bad so that may affect people's negative opinion of the film (much like the 3D is swelling the box office returns).
I'm glad this is making money as I really liked it. However, I saw it in 2D as the 3D showing was sold out. I've hear that the 3D transfer is pretty bad so that may affect people's negative opinion of the film (much like the 3D is swelling the box office returns).
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9:02PM on 03/21/2010
2 3D films have grossed 1 billion combined.. yep 3D is deffinately a fad that the studios will be planning on scrapping as quick as possible, they'll be setting fire to all their 3D equipment and claiming the insurance, it's safe to say we'll never ever see another movie in 3D.. Because we all know they're saying 'golly gee 3D didnt work out in the 60's with those cheezy b-movies so we better get rid of it asap.'
2 3D films have grossed 1 billion combined.. yep 3D is deffinately a fad that the studios will be planning on scrapping as quick as possible, they'll be setting fire to all their 3D equipment and claiming the insurance, it's safe to say we'll never ever see another movie in 3D.. Because we all know they're saying 'golly gee 3D didnt work out in the 60's with those cheezy b-movies so we better get rid of it asap.'
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9:43PM on 03/21/2010
Wow, I completely disagree with you one everything you just stated. I have a feeling that 3D is something that is gonna be around for a long while...
Wow, I completely disagree with you one everything you just stated. I have a feeling that 3D is something that is gonna be around for a long while...
12:00AM on 03/22/2010
your sarcasm is lost on most, but i appreciate it. good point though.
your sarcasm is lost on most, but i appreciate it. good point though.
8:35PM on 03/21/2010
I feel sorry for Repo Men. I can't believe people actually went to see that Bounty Hunter thing, I always hate to see shit movies making big bucks. Alice got lucky: it's totally riding the wave Avatar had started.
I feel sorry for Repo Men. I can't believe people actually went to see that Bounty Hunter thing, I always hate to see shit movies making big bucks. Alice got lucky: it's totally riding the wave Avatar had started.
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9:28PM on 03/21/2010
I wouldn't say that Alice is riding the wave Avatar started(btw Avatar didn't start the current 3D fad) I think it did well because people like burton/depp, and people love the story of Alice in wonderland
I wouldn't say that Alice is riding the wave Avatar started(btw Avatar didn't start the current 3D fad) I think it did well because people like burton/depp, and people love the story of Alice in wonderland
8:28PM on 03/21/2010
Thats a lot of money for Alice.
Thats a lot of money for Alice.
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8:20PM on 03/21/2010
i really enjoyed Alice but must say Disney really have to thank Avatar for getting people hungry for 3D.Shame about Repo Man might not get a release in Aussie now.
i really enjoyed Alice but must say Disney really have to thank Avatar for getting people hungry for 3D.Shame about Repo Man might not get a release in Aussie now.
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7:50PM on 03/21/2010

Alice Sucks!

Not for nothing, but I couldn't make it through Alice and it was free! For me, Tim Burton's vision is completely hit or miss. Loved Sweeny Todd - hated Alice, Wonka, Apes, Corpse Bride ... what keeps me coming back is that this is the man responsible for Beetle Juice (and the Keaton incarnation of Batman- I forgave him for the inclusion of the Bat Dance) On another note, Green Zone was excellent, a tight war story which I felt fared well from the hand held camera style that Greengrass is so
Not for nothing, but I couldn't make it through Alice and it was free! For me, Tim Burton's vision is completely hit or miss. Loved Sweeny Todd - hated Alice, Wonka, Apes, Corpse Bride ... what keeps me coming back is that this is the man responsible for Beetle Juice (and the Keaton incarnation of Batman- I forgave him for the inclusion of the Bat Dance) On another note, Green Zone was excellent, a tight war story which I felt fared well from the hand held camera style that Greengrass is so fond of. Deserves to be doing better.
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7:50PM on 03/21/2010
Obviously "Repo Men" bit the big one this weekend. $6.2 mil= drop in the bucket.
Obviously "Repo Men" bit the big one this weekend. $6.2 mil= drop in the bucket.
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7:48PM on 03/21/2010
Sad how something like Repo Men gets beaten by a kids movie and a really bad romance comedy.
Sad how something like Repo Men gets beaten by a kids movie and a really bad romance comedy.
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7:12PM on 03/21/2010

Good For Alice!!!!!

Im glad Alice in Wonderland is making all this money. The film was great and it deserves all the success its getting. Would have liked to seen Green Zone do better, and I really want to see Repo Men. As much as I love Alice, I really hope The Hot Tub Time Machine comes in at number one next week. I will be seeing it next weekend and absolutely cant wait to laugh my ass off.
Im glad Alice in Wonderland is making all this money. The film was great and it deserves all the success its getting. Would have liked to seen Green Zone do better, and I really want to see Repo Men. As much as I love Alice, I really hope The Hot Tub Time Machine comes in at number one next week. I will be seeing it next weekend and absolutely cant wait to laugh my ass off.
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6:47PM on 03/21/2010
Its a shame that one of the worst reviewed film of the year (Bounty Hunter)opens better than the new Matt Damon flick.
Its a shame that one of the worst reviewed film of the year (Bounty Hunter)opens better than the new Matt Damon flick.
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6:40PM on 03/21/2010
I hate to see this happen to Repo Men. It deserves to have an audience. Hopefully it reaches some type of cult status on DVD.
I hate to see this happen to Repo Men. It deserves to have an audience. Hopefully it reaches some type of cult status on DVD.
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9:13PM on 03/21/2010
agreed! goin to see it tonight. heard bad things from critics but great things from friends, who always seem to be more spot on
agreed! goin to see it tonight. heard bad things from critics but great things from friends, who always seem to be more spot on
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6:37PM on 03/21/2010
Such a shame. I went to see Repo Men on Friday and it was great. Definitely a solid and entertaining action movie. It was also sad that only about 25 people were present inside the theater. And while I felt that Alice in Wonderland was so so and not as bad as people are making it seem, I still prefer that old Disney cartoon version much more. Is that normal?
Such a shame. I went to see Repo Men on Friday and it was great. Definitely a solid and entertaining action movie. It was also sad that only about 25 people were present inside the theater. And while I felt that Alice in Wonderland was so so and not as bad as people are making it seem, I still prefer that old Disney cartoon version much more. Is that normal?
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6:36PM on 03/21/2010
I thought Alice was a pretty good flick. At least considering I went into it with really LOWWW expectations and a seething hatred of Tim Burton. I wanna see "Repo Men" though. I caught "The Runaways" at an advanced screening Thursday night. Kinda sad it didn't do better business. It's gonna open wider in April so hopefully it'll make some more money after that.
I thought Alice was a pretty good flick. At least considering I went into it with really LOWWW expectations and a seething hatred of Tim Burton. I wanna see "Repo Men" though. I caught "The Runaways" at an advanced screening Thursday night. Kinda sad it didn't do better business. It's gonna open wider in April so hopefully it'll make some more money after that.
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6:30PM on 03/21/2010

I liked it

I've found Tim Burton movies to be hot-or-miss for me in the past, but I confess I enjoyed this quite a bit.
I've found Tim Burton movies to be hot-or-miss for me in the past, but I confess I enjoyed this quite a bit.
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6:29PM on 03/21/2010
Wow, judging from the previews, I really thought "Repo Men" was going to be a game changer....
Wow, judging from the previews, I really thought "Repo Men" was going to be a game changer....
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6:22PM on 03/21/2010
Alice in wonderland really was a big letdown. Barely a 2/5 in my book. Just waiting for Kick-Ass now.
Alice in wonderland really was a big letdown. Barely a 2/5 in my book. Just waiting for Kick-Ass now.
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6:19PM on 03/21/2010

wow

is alice in wonderland that great?
is alice in wonderland that great?
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