Tim Burton’s Alice Becomes a Billionaire

Today is the day Tim Burton becomes a very rich man. Analysts are expecting Burton’s latest film, Alice in Wonderland, to cross the one billion dollar mark today. Pulling in $332 million in the United States, and another $667 million internationally, the film has quickly joined an elite group. The only other films to reach one billion worldwide are: Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King, The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Quite honestly I’m pretty shocked. Not only did I not enjoy Alice in Wonderland but it is far from Burton’s best work. When it came out I doubt anyone predicted it would gross one billion dollars. What do you guys think? Did you expect this? Did you enjoy the film? As always, let us know in the comments.



  • Mike

    I’m shocked. This felt more like a parody of a Tim Burton film, than anything original or interesting. But then again, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is on that list too, and that was awful.

  • I’m disappointed. Because more than anything this will make Burton feel like he should do more shit like this.

  • Matt

    Yea I’m shocked also, the movie wasn’t good at all and good point Mike, POTC: DMC was also awful and that made a ton of money. But that was part of a franchise so it was expected it would make a lot. I don’t think anyone expected this from Alice

  • Robin

    Sad, just sad.

    anyway, moving along..

  • I’m kinda shocked, but I’m a huge Tim Burton fan and I am happy for him. But it is true it is not his best work, but I enjoyed the movie. (Maybe because I like everything he does xP). I think the movie got so popular, is because it’s a remake kinda thing of the original Alice in Wonderland, which is very popular, and then people expect that movie to be really great :)

  • Nate

    Boy they’re just letting anyone into the billion dollar club these days!

  • the biggest mystery in the current film market for me right now is how mediocre films, like this, reap huge amounts while good solid independent projects can’t gain a foothold…the answer is right there in front of us MARKETING. I’m amazed at how in our twitter, facebook, blogging world the mass media has literally got a death grip on filmmaking. I really thought by now a market for independently produced film would be stable, but incredibly we are seeing the independent market dieing. Sun Dance purchasing is down, success without a star is impossible, I hear about investors in hollywood sitting on their money wanting a portion of only projects 30 milion and above! alas we can’t compete with the mass marketing big companies that occupy the general public’s mind.

  • TheAllKnowingGod

    Dead Man’s Chest I can understand because it was so hyped but Alice in Wonderland didn’t seem to have that much hype behind it. Ice Age 3 also got $600 million overseas somehow. Foreign markets have greatly expanded over the past decade though, especially China and India.

    Also 3D can add up to 30% to a film’s gross.

  • Matt

    @TheAllKnowingGod that is true and I’m sure a lot of people saw Alice in 3D

  • Colin

    Three words: inflated ticket prices.

  • Theman

    I was just not impressed by this movie. Come on Tim time to move on.

  • Connor

    If you look at the top big money movies of all time, they almost all seem to have a G or PG rating, big families get sucked in. They may see it again out of sheer boredom.

    I’d like hear or read about the huge turkeys of 2010 so far, and why they have tanked. Like Green Zone which cost $100 million, plus marketing, and made only $65 mill in the USA (http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=greenzone.htm).

    To quote filmjunk, “It is what it is!!”
    A powerful non-statement statement. It exists, it is real, and we deal with it.

  • Chauncey

    Fuck Y’all.

    It’s a great film. Deal with it.

  • I sat in on the Film Junk episode while reviewing this movie. I stand by that it is a serviceable blockbuster that appeals to both adults and children. I can see why it has wide appeal, the source materials is greatly loved, and this riffs with it a bit.

    As to 3D inflation, well people ARE paying the extra money to see it, so it’s not really inflation. I hate to sound like an American Economist, but if the market will bare the added cost and make bank, then they have the right to charge it. Just look at the ‘fail’ (if $71 Million opening weekend can be called a fail!!!!!) of Shrek 4.

  • Furthermore, ‘Adult Blockbusters’ like Robin Hood, Green Zone, i.e. low on CGI, big on plot films that still cost upwards of $200, seem to be doomed to failure, particularly at the domestic box office.