'Alice' three-peats weekend win


Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" pulled off an impressive three-peat win at the weekend boxoffice, with the 3D fantasy ringing up an estimated $34.5 million in its third domestic session.

The Johnny Depp starrer posted a modest 45% dip from its previous session for a 17-day tally of $265.8 million. Launched simultaneously in many foreign markets, "Alice" has fetched $565.8 million in worldwide coin to date.

Fox's family comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" flexed its muscles most notably of the weekend's three wide openers. Its $21.8 million performance outpaced pre-release projections to nail down the weekend's silver medal position.

Sony's action comedy "The Bounty Hunter," starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, also bowed strongly with $21 million. That was good for third place on the frame and roughly in line with expectations.

But Universal's scifi thriller "Repo Men," toplined by Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, underperformed modest expectations with $6.2 million in fourth place. Universal's Matt Damon starrer "Green Zone" dropped a big 58% in its sophomore session to register $6 million in sixth place, with $24.7 million in cumulative boxoffice.

Elsewhere among holdover titles, Paramount's youth comedy "She's Out of My League" fell a modest 39% to register $6 million in fifth place with a 10-day cume of $20 million, while Fox Searchlight drama "Our Family Wedding" slid 50% from its week-earlier opening to $3.8 million in ninth place and a $13.7 million cume. Summit Entertainment's Robert Pattinson drama "Remember Me" tumbled 59% in its second weekend to $3.3 million in 10th place with a $13.9 million cume.

On an industrywide basis, the $122 million weekend represented a 21% improvement over the same frame last year.

Among several notable limited bows, Focus Features unspooled Noah Baumbach's Ben Stiller starrer "Greenberg" in two New York theaters and one in L.A. and grossed $120,432. That represented an auspicious $40,144 per venue ahead of a scheduled expansion to about 160 theaters on Friday.

IFC Films' Italian bio-drama "Vincere" -- the story of Mussolini's lover, Ida Dalser -- opened with a pair of New York playdates and grossed $18,000, or a solid $9,000 per engagement.

Music Box bowed Swedish crime thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" in 34 theaters and grossed $340,408, or a pleasing $10,012 per venue.

Apparition debuted rock biopic "The Runaways" in 244 locations and grossed $803,629, or an acceptable $3,294 per site.

And Anchor Bay Films bowed dramedy "City Island" with solo engagements in New York and L.A. to gross $35,000, or an encouraging $17,500 per playdate.

Elsewhere in the specialty market, Summit expanded Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" by 595 theaters to a barely wide 819 and grossed $2.1 million, or a so-so $2,547 per venue. "Ghost" cume reached $6.8 million.

Sony Pictures Classics' French thriller "A Prophet" added 17 locations for a total 77 and grossed $206,223, or $2,678 per site, as cume climbed to $1.1 million.

Based on the first book in a kids' literary series, PG-rated "Kid" drew audiences evenly divided between males and females, and comprised 59% of patrons under age 25.

"It's a testament to the fan base this property enjoys," Fox senior vp distribution Chris Aronson said.

Rated PG-13, "Bounty Hunter" captured audiences skewing 58% female, with 50% of patrons aged 30 or older.

"We're happy with the results," Sony distribution president Rory Bruer said.

R-rated "Repo" attracted audiences comprised 60% of males, with 50% of patrons aged 30 or older.

"It's disappointing," Uni distribution maven Nikki Rocco said of the pic's poor bow. "We had modest expectations, but unfortunately it didn't get there."

Looking ahead, two pics open in wide release on Friday. Paramount debuts 3D animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon," while MGM unspools the R-rated comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine."
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