Alice in Wonderland Scores Record Opening for Burton

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Yesterday, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures) set a new benchmark for the director by grossing an estimated $41 million in a single day (including Thursday night midnights) in conventional, Digital 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.

It might just miss the Top 10 for opening days, but it’s setting itself up to have the biggest March opening with roughly $110 to 115 million, leaving Zack Snyder’s 300 in the dust. That would also make it the second-biggest non-summer opening weekend record after The Twilight Saga: New Moon, as well as giving Burton his biggest opening of all time, which was previously held by the $68 million opening of his Planet of the Apes remake in 2001.

Check back tomorrow for the final weekend estimates.