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Alice in Wonderland breaks UK and Ireland 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 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.

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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.



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