Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Alice in Wonderland'

Featured Stories - on January 02, 2010 by Phil Contrino

Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland should prove to be another 3D success in March.

This week, we've added Alice in Wonderland to our Anticipation Index. The Disney release is set to hit theaters on March 5.

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Alice in Wonderland is going to be the first major 3D release since Avatar. Mainstream audiences are certainly embracing the format in droves, and they'll be hungry for more after taking in James Cameron's epic. There's also a built-in level of trust for a new project that teams Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Combine those two factors with a familiar property, and AiW looks like one of 2010's best bets.

The only aspect that could hurt the film's staying power is if Burton turns in a finished project that it is a little too strange for younger audiences. The director is known for his dark tendencies, and if families are turned off during the opening weekend then negative word of mouth could spread quickly.

Check out our prediction for Alice in Wonderland as well as other films in the table below.

 

 

Weekly Anticipation Index, January 2, 2010
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Daybreakers January 8 Lionsgate $12M $30M
Leap Year January 8 Universal $14M $50M
Youth in Revolt January 8 The Weinstein Company $10M $28M
The Book of Eli January 15 Warner Bros. $33M* $80M
The Lovely Bones January 15 (wide) Paramount $13M* $37M
The Spy Next Door January 15 Lionsgate $19M* $50M
The Tooth Fairy January 22 20th Century Fox $20M $65M
Legion January 22 Screen Gems $17M $45M
Extraordinary Measures January 22 CBS Films $12M $35M
Edge of Darkness January 29 Warner Bros. $22M $70M
When in Rome January 29 Disney $14M $42M
Dear John February 5 Screen Gems $17M $60M
From Paris with Love February 5 Lionsgate $13M $42M
Valentine's Day February 12 New Line $37M* $100M
The Wolfman February 12 Universal $25M* $60M
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief February 12 Fox 2000 $23M* $65M
Shutter Island February 19 Paramount $25M $75M
Cop Out February 26 Warner Bros. $17M $50M
Alice in Wonderland March 5 Disney $73M $215M

 

*= four-day weekend

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, adaptation, sequel, 3D, Mia Wasikowska, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Disney, Weekly Anticipation Index, box office, grosses, predictions

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