Tim Burton’s imaginative new trip down the rabbit hole has finally arrived, and 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” has already made a huge impact since opening night.
As of Friday, “Alice” brought in a $41 million profit, with an expected $100 million or more by close of theaters on Sunday. Â This would make “Alice” the most successful March hare opener of all time, surpassing Zack Snyder’s “300”, which made $71 million in its opening weekend in 2007.
Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” is not a remake of the beloved Disney classic or even a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s original stories. Â As per the trailers, (no spoilers here!) Alice is now a young woman and faced with the pressures of 19th-century society. Â Seeking to escape, she once again finds herself in the whimsical world of Wonderland, but perhaps not as she (or we) remember it. Â The typical Burton cast are present: Â Johnny Depp as the crazed Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the wicked Red Queen, and newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
With a production budget of over $250 million, expect to be thrilled by the spectacular visuals, in both 2D and Disney Real D (3D) formats.
On a personal note, just having seen this film, go ahead and spring for the 3D: it’s quite impressive!