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Alice in Wonderland breaks 3D record

Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter from Carroll's story

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has entered the North America box office at number one, with record opening takings for a 3D movie.

The film, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, raked in $116.3m (£76.8m), beating the first weekend performance of blockbuster Avatar.

Police thriller Brooklyn's Finest made its debut at two with a relatively small return of $13.5m (£8.9m).

Shutter Island by Martin Scorsese fell from the top spot to number three.

Alice in Wonderland, which had been expected by makers Disney to rake in closer to $70m (£46.2m), also set a record for the highest first weekend earner in the first three months of any year.

US BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
1 Alice in Wonderland - $116.3m
2 Brooklyn's Finest - $13.5m
3 Shutter Island - $13.3m
4 Cop Out - $9.1m
5 Avatar - $7.7m
Source: Hollywood.com

The benchmark was previously set by Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ in 2004.

Tim Burton's interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic benefited from being awarded a child-friendly certificate in the US, despite some objections to the presence of a smoking caterpillar in the film.

3D blockbuster Avatar - which lost out on the Oscar for best picture on Sunday - maintained its box office presence for a 12th week in North America, in fifth place.

In the US and Canada alone, it has made more than $720m (£475m) since its first week of release.



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