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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 3D is All Over the Boxoffice Charts

March 9th, 2010 · 6 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos


The new Alice in Wonderland movie, featuring Johnny Depp, that officially premiered in 2D and 3D on 5th has managed to generate around $116 million in the North American weekend boxoffice for just 3 days. Just as a reminder James Cameron’s Avatar has opened with a $77 million weekend last December, so Alice in Wonderland clearly topped that, but will it manage to reach Avatar’s $2.6 billion gross worldwide… I seriously doubt that. The movie Alice in Wonderland has managed to take another $94 million internationally in its opening weekend, generating about $210 million in total which is a very good start, but it will most likely remain with a good start only and the interest will quickly diminish…

Avatar is still in the top 5 (number five actually) in the North American weekend boxoffice charts for the last weekend and this was its 12th week already, but still managing to make a little over $8 million. As for Alice in Wonderland I suppose that the interest will be big only in the first 3-4 weeks maximum, but then again the interest here might not be coming from the movie being converted to 3D (it was shot in 2D) and also screened in 3D cinemas as most people suspect. Without a doubt one for the reasons for the big interest is Johnny Depp and him making another great role as the Mad Hatter. But I don’t see a lot of people going to watch the movie more than once in 3D or because of Johnny Depp, unlike what happened with Avatar – people going two, three or even more times to watch it. And Avatar has opened the doors for everything 3D (not only movies) as now everyone is talking about 3D becoming available to the masses, so you can say that Alice in Wonderland had the right timing, but that might simply not be enough. The Monday boxoffice results (day 4) kind of show this negative trend as Alice in Wonderland managed to make just about $9 million in North America compared to over $16 million for Avatar in its day 4 (first Monday). The drop from Sunday’s results is over 3 times for Alice in Wonderland compared to less than 50% for the same time frame with Avatar…

Anyway, enough with the speculations, lets see how things work out for Alice in Wonderland and meanwhile if you’ve watched the movie in 3D please share your thoughts in the comments below. Did you find the 3D effects impressive enough and comfortable to watch or got your eyes quickly tired or maybe got a headache? How would you compare Alice in Wonderland in 3D to Avatar in 3D? And just about any other comment you find interesting to share with other people interested in stereo 3D.

If you are interested in the 2D to 3D process used for Alice in Wonderland…

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 turls // Mar 9, 2010 at 23:52

    Watched in IMAX 3D (not digital IMAX)–basically I was second guessing whether this was really filmed in 2D or not. I sure couldn’t tell the difference vs. a typical 3D film. Avatar had better 3D but if Avatar was filmed this way I wonder how it would have looked?

  • 2 Bloody // Mar 9, 2010 at 23:58

    According to the article linked above the 3D effect is different for IMAX 3D and other 3D cinemas…

  • 3 Warren // Mar 10, 2010 at 01:33

    I watched this in the IMAX 3d, I also watched Avatar in IMAX 3d (same theater).

    The 3D difference is huge between these two movies.

    All the greys in Alice leave the 3D experience quite flat. Only on a couple scenes did the 3D really pop, while I felt the entire Avatar movie had the spellbinding 3D “pop”.

    Truly the best 3D that the Alice movie presents is the ending credits, which is a fixed frame with credits, and the edge of the frame shows flowers and mushrooms coming to life.

    I recommend seeing this movie in 2D.

  • 4 Philip Heggie // Mar 10, 2010 at 14:01

    The 3d was very weak at the beginning but improved greatly
    when in Wonderland. The 3d was not as good as Avatar but still better than 2d. The dances were weird and I thought the plot
    didn’t hold together. I can’t see it making as much as Avatar.

  • 5 Jay // Mar 18, 2010 at 04:02

    I saw both at the same IMAX theater. The “Alice” 3d was clearly inferior to Avatar. It used the “red/green” glasses – not the polarized glasses that Avatar used and the result was both uncomfortable and not as effective. and when you take the glasses off you can see the messy “1950’s style” blurry image on the screen. I was not impressed. I’ve seen 3d done like this in comic books…

  • 6 Hannes // Apr 5, 2010 at 17:03

    Hi, I’m from Germany. I was really disappointed about this movie. I didn’t know that the movie was converted from 2D to 3D …and was wondering why the 3D effect was so worse compared to avatar. Now I know that not every actual 3D movie is done in real s3d. I wanted to watch clash of the titans but…its also converted …bull shit. So I dont watch it. I want real S3D! Thats a rip-of. Most people dont know the difference between converted 3d and movies shot in s3d. And most people dont do a investigation about the movie before they watch it. I saw the Poster. And it said 3D. But it should say converted 3D. Arghhh…fuck off hollywood.
    P.S.: Sorry about my english

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