Tim Burton’s recent 3D take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland merited mixed results from critics, but audiences went absolutely mad for it. Bolstered by the ticket price jumps associated with the third dimension, Alice joined the exclusive billionaires’ club today. With a domestic take of $332 million and an international gross of $667 million, the Disney flick has become only the sixth film ever to amass more than $1 billion worldwide, joining Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and The Dark Knight.
The milestone comes just as the film nears the end of its theatrical window: Alice in Wonderland comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 1st. Check out the full press release after the jump.
Here’s the official press release:
“DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND” REACHES
EXCLUSIVE $1 BILLION GLOBAL BOX OFFICE CLUB
Alice Comes Home on Disney Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copies available June 1
BURBANK, Calif. – May 27, 2010 – Tim Burton’s epic fantasy adventure “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” reached a historic milestone today, passing the $1 billion dollar mark in global box office. “Alice” becomes only the sixth title to join this exclusive list and the third most popular non-sequel in motion picture history behind only “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
“We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to showcase such an amazing 3-D film from visionary director Tim Burton and the creative talents of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Our marketing teams joined with our exhibition partners to find every opportunity to bring this creative masterpiece to fans around the world.”
“Alice” began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the biggest 3-D opening ever and biggest career opening for director Tim Burton. It also became The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel.
Domestically, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” has surpassed $332 million at the box office and is officially the third highest-grossing film in The Walt Disney Studios’ history, behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Finding Nemo.” It currently ranks as the 19th most successful film in domestic box office history.
Simultaneously, “Alice” began to conquer audiences around the globe, tallying more than $667 million to date, en route to becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all-time. In Japan alone, “Alice” has maintained its #1 position for six weeks, resulting in more than $108 million to date. The United Kingdom added more than $64 million, while France, Russia and Italy all have topped $42 million. Germany , Australia, China and Mexico have surpassed the $30 million mark, while Spain and Brazil’s cumulative totals each exceeded $25 million. The movie continues to entertain theatrical audiences in many countries throughout the world.
Just as the film crosses the $1 billion global theatrical box office threshold, consumers will now be able to own this historic film for themselves. “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland” makes its home entertainment debut as a Disney 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 1-Disc Blu-ray and 1-Disc DVD on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in North America, China, Mexico and Italy. Availability in other international markets will occur throughout June, July and August starting with Belgium (June 2), the Netherlands (June 2), the United Kingdom (June 4) and Argentina (June 9).