Despite some quite disparaging reviews from critics and horrendous word of mouth from advanced audiences, Tim Burton's reimagining of the Alice in Wonderland mythos has arrived a certified hit. On Friday, the 3D live-action spectacular pulled in an estimated $41 million. This is the biggest opening Tim Burton has had for any of his films to date.
In contrast, Burton's Batman only earned $13.1 million on its first Friday way back in June of 1989. As of now, Alice in Wonderland is gearing up to be the biggest March opening to date, as ERC Box Office estimates that it could pull in as much as $115 million by Monday morning. The previous March record holder is 300, which pulled in $70 million back in 2007.
We will have a full box office breakdown on Sunday, so stay tuned.