"Alice" still earning strongly at UK box office

Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:47am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Disney's 3D version of "Alice in Wonderland" retained its position at the top of the British box office over the weekend, easily holding off challengers like Matt Damon's new film "Green Zone."

Director Tim Burton's version of the classic Lewis Carroll fantasy, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, made 7.3 million pounds ($11 million) in its second week, according to Screen International.

Last week it beat Avatar's record for a UK 3D opening by 26 percent, taking 10.5 million pounds.

Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller "Shutter Island" was new at two with Leonardo DiCaprio investigating the disappearance of a murderess from an offshore asylum.

The critically acclaimed Green Zone, featuring Damon searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, could only manage third place on its UK debut with a 2 million pound take.

Avatar was down two places to four, now having taken 89.8 million pounds in its 13-week UK run, just above newcomer "Hachi: A Dog's Tale," with Richard Gere, which came in at five.

Swedish murder thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" made its debut at six while Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz were down three spots at seven with "The Lovely Bones."

Biggest faller of the week, down five places to eight, was "The Crazies," a rehash of a little-known 1970s zombie-horror tale.

Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" fell to ninth from fifth while High school movie "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," was down at 10 from seven.