March 14, 2010 / 4:43 PM / in 8 years

"Alice" leads box office, as "Green Zone" flops

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Alice in Wonderland” raced to a $430 million haul at the worldwide box office on Sunday, while Matt Damon’s new Iraq war conspiracy thriller “Green Zone” was one of the year’s first big flops.

<p>Cast member Johnny Depp (L) and director Tim Burton stand on stage during a panel discussion for the movie "Alice in Wonderland" during the 40th annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Director Tim Burton’s 3D remake of “Alice” led the field for a second weekend after earning $138 million during the three days beginning on Friday, said distributor Walt Disney Co.

Moviegoers in the United States and Canada chipped in $62 million, a drop of just 47 percent from its opening weekend, and the total North American tally for “Alice” stood at $208.6 million. The foreign total rose to $221 million after a $76 million weekend in 48 markets.

“Green Zone” opened at a distant No. 2 in North America with $14.5 million. Distributor Universal Pictures, which axed its top executives last fall after a poor run at the box office, had hoped for a slightly better showing.

“It’s a bit of a disappointment,” said Nikki Rocco, president of distribution at the General Electric Co unit.

Damon plays a U.S. soldier questioning the supposed existence of weapons of mass destruction shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Reviews were mixed.

The $100 million movie was directed by British filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who collaborated with Damon on the second two movies in the “Bourne” action trilogy. Those opened to $52.5 million and $69 million, respectively.

Rocco noted “Green Zone” did better than most other entries in the Iraq war genre, including Oscar best picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” which has earned about $16 million since June.

“Green Zone” grossed $9.7 million in 14 foreign countries, led by a $3.3 million showing at No. 3 in Britain. The film opened at No. 2 in Australia with $1.9 million.

Universal also underperformed with its last big picture, “The Wolfman,” a $150 million monster movie that earned about $135 million worldwide.

The other newcomers in North America made even less of an impact.

“She’s Out of My League,” a comedy starring Jay Baruchel as a lucky loser, opened at No. 3 with $9.6 million; the romantic drama “Remember Me,” starring “Twilight” pinup Robert Pattinson, came in at No. 4 with $8.3 million; and the ethnic comedy “Our Family Wedding” rounded out the rookies at No. 6 with $7.6 million.

“She’s Out of My League” was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. “Remember Me” was released by closely held Summit Entertainment. “Our Family Wedding” was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, a unit of News Corp.

The Academy Awards on March 7 had little impact on the chart. Summit’s “The Hurt Locker,” already on DVD, earned $828,000 from just 349 theaters -- less than one-tenth of the 3,728 theater count for “Alice in Wonderland.”

Fox’s “Avatar,” which ended up with just three Oscars, fell two places to No. 7 with $6.6 million in its 13th week. Its North American total rose to $730 million and its worldwide tally to $2.6 billion.

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