Weekend Box-Ofice: March 19th-21st 2010

“Alice in Wonderland” once again dominated the box-office this weekend, easily holding onto the top spot with a $34.5 million haul for its third week and a gross of $265.8 million thus far says Box Office Mojo.

Burton’s epic held off three newcomers, starting with Fox’s low-budget adaptation of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” which made back its budget and then some in second place with $21.8 million. Reviews were decidedly mixed.

In third was Sony’s Jennifer Aniston/Gerard Butler rom-com “The Bounty Hunter” close behind with $21 million. Reviews were extremely negative. Fairing only slightly better in the critical stakes but decidedly worse money wise was Universal’s sci-fi thriller “Repo Men” in fourth with just $6.2 million.

Both of last week’s highest profile releases – Matt Damon actioneer “Green Zone” and Robert Pattinson drama “Remember Me” – plunged in their second outing, both falling just under 60% from their disappointing openings last week. Oddly enough Paramount comedy “She’s Out of My League” managed to hold better, falling just 39% in its second outing.

Numerous limited releases also opened this week, a 244 screen bow for “The Runaways” pulled in just $803,000 which equates to a modest $3,291 per screen average. How this will affect the roll out remains to be seen.

Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” dominated the tallies with a $120,000 gross from only 3 screens, its $40,000 screen average the second best of the year so far behind Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” last month says Indiewire.

Swedish thriller “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” opened to an impressive $340,408 across 34 screens, the widest non-Bollywood foreign language film opening weekend screen count in a while. “City Island” and “Vincere” opened on two screens each and raked in $35,000 and $18,000 respectively.