New Alice in Wonderland movie races to $116.1M opening

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton found a pile of money on the other side of the looking glass. “Alice in Wonderland,” their update on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” had a mammoth opening weekend of $116.1 million.

Walt Disney’s 3D version of the popular children’s story written by Lewis Caroll is expected to break the record held by Warner Bros’ 300 which opened to $71 million in the year 2007. Though the movie has got mixed reviews it is popular with girls and young women. And moreover with US schools closing for spring break next the PG ratedmovie will get more viewers.

A quarter of a century and still no signs of slowing down, Johnny Depp continues to create magic at the box-office with his latest Tim Burton collaboration, Alice in Wonderland which has smashed pretty much all the records to earn the distinction of becoming Hollywood’s first $100 million-plus movie earner to open outside the summer and holiday seasons.

The Lewis Carroll inspired fantasy film where the Hollywood veteran Depp stares as an orange-haired Mad Hatter has already recovered the $200 million (£125 million) Walt Disney spent on its production – in one 3 day weekend.

Despite of this very long time span, Carroll’s characters are still immensely popular around the world. The book was published long back in 1865, but Alice and her friends in wonderland have a vivid presence in today’s world through merchandise, jewelry, clothing, cosmetics and of course animation movies.

Almost 100 editions of this book have been published so far and the latest one whichwas published last month is in bestseller list of Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Around 24 movies and animations have been made from the original story of Alice and the latest one made by Walt Disney pictures is box office hit and one of strongest contenders for best picture award in Oscar 2010.

When Lewis Carroll started to write this story, he hardly thought that his creation will keep continue to fascinate people all over the world for more that one and half century. There are several opinions among the people regarding this popularity of Alice for such a long time. Few people think the character of Alice symbolizes the inner childish character of human being which likes to explore, curious and thrives for new adventures every time.

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