Alice Keeps Its Head Start at the Box Office

Tim Burton’s 3-D reimagining of the classic Alice in Wonderland topped the box office for the third weekend in a row.

The Disney movie grossed a strong $34.5 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic gross to $265.8 million. The film also is still strong in foreign markets, where it took in $47 million to bring its international total to $300 million.

And Alice still has not played in several major markets. The movie opens this coming weekend in France and China, which has the most 3-D ready screens of any nation outside the United States.

A trio of newcomers fell into line behind Alice, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid‘s $21.8 million edging out a $21 million weekend for The Bounty Hunter. Repo Men opened in fourth place with $6.1 million.

Avatar continued to play well, earning $4 million in its 14th week of release. That brings its record-setting domestic total to $736.9 million.

Also still in release is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which earned $400,000 and has a total gross of $218 million.

The Secret of Kells, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, expanded from one to six screens this weekend, grossing a total of $19,500 for a to-date U.S. total of $90,600. More openings for the film are due in coming weeks.