With four not particularly exciting movie releases this weekend, Alice in Wonderland was able to hold onto the number one spot and make an additional $62 million bucks at the box office. That gives it over $200 million in the U.S. and more than double that worldwide -- if Burton hadn't used both Alice books to make this movie, (and if he was at all prone to making sequels), we'd say a sequel was a no-brainer, but most likely he'll just get his pick of beloved childhood properties to re-imagine after he gets done with the full-length version of Frankenweenie, the short film about a reanimated dog that got him fired from Disney in 1984 for wasting company resources. So, of course, Disney is producing the remake. Apparently, money talks!
For the staff at Movies Without Pity, there is usually only one reason to watch the Super Bowl: to recoup our gambling losses for the season. Also, new movie trailers! Granted, not all of them are first looks -- all of these films have had teaser trailers and even full trailers before -- and all of them are a content-light 30 seconds. But for movie buffs like us, the excitement of who will win the game nicely translates into excitement (and sometimes disappointment) for the films advertised.
Take a classic, family-friendly film property and add a fan-favorite director, an iconic movie star and 3-D glasses, and you've apparently got a smash hit on your hands. Alice in Wonderland, the latest funhouse-mirror remake by director Tim Burton, opened to $116 million at the box office, the sixth biggest opening of all time, helping make it the biggest March opening ever in the U.S. That beats Burton's previous biggest opening, for Planet of the Apes ($68.5 million), and considering how much better this movie is than Apes, we hope it will outgross it in the long run, as well. Another $94 million from overseas placed it at number 14 on the list of biggest worldwide openings, so things are looking good there, too.
Jon Favreau must really like AC/DC. Or, more likely, the band's blistering guitar rock, violent lyrics and electrically inspired name simply make them perfect candidates to provide the entire soundtrack to Iron Man 2. Rockers providing soundtracks is nothing new, but rather than featuring all-new songs, like Queen did for Highlander and Daft Punk is doing for Tron, the AC/DC soundtrack will be a "greatest hits" collection, including some of their best-known anthems from as far back as 1976. (The promo video is set to 1980's "Shoot to Thrill.") With this in mind, we looked at other tentpole films slated for this year and picked the bands (and solo artists) with suitable back catalogs to provide all of the music for each movie.
Vampires, monsters and clones are invading your DVD collection. Let them in! You won't regret it!
It may seem silly to us now, but mark my words, one day there will be a Sherlock Holmes Meets Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, and no one will even blink.
If you go chasing rabbits, and you know you're going to fall, tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you a call. Also, tell them you're hot new actress Mia Wasikowska, and you're there for your 3:30. (They may ask you to spell it.)
While they may not be nominated for any Academy Awards (rightfully or not), this week's movie releases are all certainly a lot of fun, and visually spectacular in a variety of ways. Watch them with the sound off, and they'll still be pretty damn entertaining. In a couple of cases they might even improve! (2012, I'm looking in your direction.)
After three weeks at the number-one spot at the box office, Tim Burton's dystopic Alice in Wonderland has finally slipped a notch, making only $17 million to How to Train Your Dragon's $43 million. While Dragon is clearly the kiddies' flavor of the week, Alice is still a box office bonanza, with a domestic tally of $293 million and a worldwide total of $656 million, making it one of the top 40 moneymakers of all time. Speaking of movies about guys who ride dragons and movies that made a lot of money, No.1 movie of all time Avatar has finally dropped out of the Top Ten, having made $2.7 billion worldwide. That should do it for now, right? [Well, at least until they re-release it with bonus scenes. -- Angel]
Okay, okay, we get the joke -- Tim Burton's remakes are overwrought, CGI-heavy and even more grim than the source material. But here's the thing: in his new film Alice in Wonderland, it actually works. The absurdities of Wonderland have been made less whimsical and more elaborately frightening and purposeful. CGI animals and disproportionate humans are appropriately nightmarish, and no creepier than Sammy Davis Jr. dressed as a caterpillar. And while accuracy to the source material is already of questionable importance when dealing with a psychedelic head-trip like Alice, Burton has seamlessly interwoven the events of both Alice books and created what is essentially a sequel, in the vein of Hook or Return to Oz.