Tim Burton’s live action/animated version of “Alice in Wonderland” dominated the domestic Box Office for a second straight week, demonstrating its debut splash was no fluke. This weekend “Alice” racked up an estimated $62 million at theaters to remain the number one movie in the country. The fantasy adventure’s two week haul is up to $208 million.
There were some new challengers in the box office derby, but none came close to “Alice.” Matt Damon’s Iraq War drama, “Green Zone” opened in second place with a distant tally of around $14.5 million. Proof again, a movie about the Iraq War is still a hard sell. Even this month’s best picture winner at the Academy Awards, “The Hurt Locker,” is struggling to find an audience. In 25 weeks of release, “The Hurt Locker” has made only $15.7 million at the domestic Box Office.
On the other hand, moviegoers are still digging on romantic comedies, even the raunchy ones. The new R-rated comedy, “She’s Out of My League” did better than expected, scooping up about $9.6 million. Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve star in the story of an average guy who hooks up with a 10 only to have his own insecurities and the advice of family and friends nearly derail the relationship.
A new romance drama starring “Twilight” series heartthrob Robert Pattinson came in fourth with about $8.2 million. “Remember Me” should have performed better, but apparently Pattinson’s fans were not up for a downer about two New York University students who meet and fall for each other; both are carrying a ton of emotional baggage.
And rounding out the top five, the Martin Scorsese psychological thriller “Shutter Island” with around $8 million.
I wonder how close Green Zone the movie is to the reality?