<strong><em>Alice in Wonderland</em></strong> takes the Box Office the weekend of March 5, 2010

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1) Alice in Wonderland - $116.3 million

2) Brooklyn's Finest - $13.5 million

3) Shutter Island - $13.3 million

4) Cop Out - $9.1 million

5) Avatar - $7.7million

6) The Crazies - $7 million

7) Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightning Thief - $5.1 million

8) Valentine's Day - 4.2 million

9) Crazy Heart - $3.3 million

10) Dear John - $2.8 million

Tim Burton's highly anticipated re-imagining of the Walt Disney classic Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Timothy Sprall and Crispin Glover, completely destroyed the competition at the box office this Academy Awards weekend scoring an incredible $116.3 in their debut. The film, which was seen in 3,728 theaters earned an impressive $31,196 per theater for an opening weekend total of $116.3 million, well on its way to earning back its initial $200 million production budget. Also doing pretty well in its opening weekend but not quite as good as Burton's film is the Antoine Fuqua directed gritty cop movie Brooklyn's Finest starring Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Will Patton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ellen Barkin, Lili Taylor and Wesley Snipes. The film, which played in 1,936 theaters, scored roughly $6,973 per theater for an opening weekend total of $13.5 million.

With the two new films in the box office taking the top two spots on the charts that pushes Shutter Island, which was number one since it debuted two weeks ago, to the number three spot. The psychological thriller starring international superstar-actor Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese dropped 41.3% from the previous week but still managed to earn $13.3 million over the weekend. The movie, which actually added 175 theaters for a total of 3,178, earned $4,185 per theater bringing its total gross to around $98.8 million in just three weeks. Moving two spots back from last week to the number four position is Kevin Smith's new buddy-cop movie, Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. The homage to '80s cop comedies dropped 49.8% from its opening weekend but managed to still earn $2,903 in each of its 3,150 theaters for a weekend total of $9.1 million, which brings it's total gross to around $32 million in just two weeks earning back it's $30 million production cost. Rounding out the top five is James Cameron's 3D outer-space epic juggernaut Avatar. The film, which did drop 43.6% from the previous week and was seen on 293 less screens still managed to earn $3,560 per each of its 2,163 theaters for an additional $7.7 million, bringing its grand total to a mind-blowing $720 million. The film, which has not only been in the top five on the box office charts for twelve weeks, but will also compete for nine Oscar Awards this afternoon, has already won two Golden Globes and made over $2 billion worldwide now making it the highest grossing film both internationally and domestically of all-time.

Doing extremely well in limited release is the Irish animated film The Secret Of Kells, which was seen in only one theater and earned $40,000 in its first week. Also doing very well in limited release again this weekend is the Roman Polanski film The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton and Eli Wallach. The movie, which went up an astounding 64.8% from the previous week was added in 104 theaters for a total of 147 and earned $8,844 in each making it's weekend total around $1,300,000, which brings it's total gross to around $2.6 million in just three weeks. Finally, continuing to do well in limited release is the French film A Prophet, which will be competing for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards Ceremony this afternoon. The film, which went up 61.8% from last week was added in 21 theaters for a total of 30 and earned $8,833 in each for a weekend total of $265,000, bringing its total gross to around $517,000 in just two weeks.

Next weekend will see only four new films enter into wide release and two into limited release. First up is the "Nerd dates a Hottie" film She's Out Of My League starring Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) and Alice Eve. Also next week is the romance film Remember Me starring Twilight star Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin from Lost, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin and Pierce Brosnan. Next week will also see the re-teaming of The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon in the Iraqi War action film, The Green Zone, as well as the family wedding comedy Our Family Wedding starring America Ferrera, Regina King, Charlie Murphy and Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker. Finally, in limited release we have the independent film Stolen starring John Hamm (Mad Men), Josh Lucas (Hulk), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek) and Rhona Mitra (Doomsday), as well as the Korean film Mother by director Bong Joon-Ho. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.