With The Flickcast’s own Shannon Hood covering all the excitement at SXSW this week yours truly is stepping in to take over box office duty. Don’t worry all you Hood fans, I have no doubt that she’ll be back next week, which means I’m only here for one week. That’s something that can’t be said about Alice in Wonderland, however.
Even with mixed reviews, Alice took the top spot again over the weekend. While it dropped 46% drop from last week, the 3D fantasy took in another $62 Million, bringing its total to $208 Million in only two weeks. As Shannon noted last week, this is Tim Burton’s biggest opening and the film is certainly finding an audience.
One concern from reviewers was whether or not audiences would be somewhat disappointed by the 3D aspect of Alice in comparison to Avatar. While Avatar was quite an immersive experience Alice in Wonderland presented more of your traditional 3D environment. It seems movie goers don’t mind the difference and are eager to see Johnny Depp and cast as they romp through Wonderland.
Following up Alice in the number two spot is Matt Damon’s Green Zone. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the Iraq war themed film made only $14.5 Million. This is really disappointing for two reasons. First, it reunites Damon and Greengrass who worked together on The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum which were decent action flicks.
Second, after another Iraq movie dominated the Oscars, The Hurt Locker, you would have thought Green Zone would have performed better. It seems audiences are pretty much done with Iraq war movies. I should also mention Green Zone came with a $100 Million budget. Ouch!
The romantic comedy She’s Out of My League took in $9.6 Million and may struggle a little to make back it’s budget of $20 Million.
Robert Pattinson’s Remember Me made $8.6 Million, half way to its budget of $16 Million. While I respect the fact Pattinson is trying to break out of his Twilight alter ego, Edward, he’s probably best to simply bank on that success for the time being.
Rounding out the top five is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Shutter Island. The Martin Scorsese film made just over $8.1 Million but it was enough to put it over the hundred million mark with $108 Million total.
We’ll see just how these films fair against next week’s new movies which include the Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston film The Bounty Hunter and Repo Men starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.