Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter from Carroll's story
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has entered the UK and Ireland box office at number one, with record opening takings for a 3D movie.
The film, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp, took £8.3m over the weekend, compared with Avatar's £6.7m in its first weekend.
Alice in Wonderland took £10.5m in total, including 2D takings, trouncing Avatar, last week's number one.
The sci-fi movie dropped to second spot with takings of £908,049.
Thriller The Crazies held on to third spot, raking in £673,551.
The Lovely Bones, based on Alice Sebold's hit novel, dropped two places to number four. The Princess and the Frog fell from number five to four.
Burton's much-hyped version of the classic children's tale is not a remake, but more of a sequel - blending together strands from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
The film is digitally constructed using a mixture of live-action performance, green-screen motion-capture and animation - all twisted into the director's dark and quirky style.
The only other new entries to the chart over the weekend were outside the top 10 - Legion, an action thriller starring Paul Bettany, entered the chart at number 11.
Crazy Heart, which won Jeff Bridges a best actor Oscar on Sunday, was a new entry at number 12.
Chloe, starring Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson, came in at 15.