WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
1) Alice in Wonderland - $34.5 million
2) Diary of a Wimpy Kid - $21.8 million
3) The Bounty Hunter - $21 million
4) Repo Men - $6.1 million
5) She's Out of My League - $6 million
6) Green Zone - $5.9 million
7) Shutter Island - $4.7 million
8) Avatar - $4 million
9) Our Family Wedding - $3.8 million
10) Remember Me - $3.3 million
Tim Burton's 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland stayed at the top of the box office charts for the third weekend in a row, despite some worthy newcomers in the race. It earned another $34.5 million, placing its total domestic grosses at $265.8 million. So far, it's earned $565 million globally, making it the biggest hit of 2010 thus far.
Vying for that coveted second place spot were Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Bounty Hunter, which both went toe to toe all weekend long. It was Thor Freudenthal's adaptation of Jeff Kinney's middle school adventure that won out, with Diary collecting a respectable $21.8 million. The Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler romantic action comedy, which was directed by Andy Tennant, came in a close third with The Bounty Hunter collecting a firm $21 million.
This weekend's other big new release didn't fare quite as well. Miguel Sapochnik's gory sci-fi thriller failed to muster up much of an audience, bringing in only $6.1 million in fourth place. But that was enough to nudge last week's new releases down a couple of notches, with She's Out of My League taking in $6 million in fifth place, and the Matt Damon actionier Green Zone pulling in just $5.9 million in sixth place.
On the indie scene, City Island had the highest per screen average of the weekend, taking in $17,500 in its two venues for a total of $35,000. Warner Bros.' latest IMAX venture Hubble 3D came in with the second highest per screen average, earning $11,615 on each of its 39 screens for a total of $453,000. And Summit Entertainment's rock and roll biopic The Runaways, starring Kristen Steward and Dakota Fanning, pulled in a meager $803,000 on 244 screens.
Next week Alice will have to contend with DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon and the hilarious time travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. Be sure to check back here next Sunday to see which of these films will be atop the Box Office Beat Down.