May 27 2010

Alice In Wonderland Breaks $1 Billion Worldwide Box Office

Somehow I don’t think Disney is going to be letting go of Johnny Depp any time soon.

Although Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is due to hit DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday in the United States, it’s still chugging along in movie theaters. As of today it has grossed $332,370,579 in the U.S., and $667,700,000 internationally for a worldwide gross of $1,000,070,579, only the sixth film to ever break through the billion dollar barrier. It currently is in sixth place, but is well within striking distance of surpassing the fifth place film, The Dark Knight.

This is Tim Burton’s highest grossing film, the previous record for the director being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at $474 million in worldwide gross.  This is the second film for Disney to break through the barrier, the other being Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest, which, you guessed it, also starred Johnny Depp.

Alice in Wonderland had a $200 million dollar budget, and by some measures that means the film lost money domestically at $332 million gross.  The rule of thumb for a long time has been that a film needs to gross double its budget domestically to be considered profitable, but with rising budgets, the international box office total is becoming a more important factor for studios.  No matter how you slice it, this film made money, and it is yet another feather in Disney’s, Depp’s and Burton’s caps.

Mr. Depp is already signed on for another film with Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the series.  The in-demand actor has already stated in multiple interviews that so long as he feels the scripts are strong, he is willing to play Jack Sparrow in that series for as many films as they’ll have him.

… somehow I imagine they’re going to make those scripts as strong as they can to keep him around.

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