Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” on Thursday passed the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales, Walt Disney Co. (DIS) said, making it just the sixth movie ever to do so.
Sales in North America have reached $332 million, making it Disney’s third-highest grossing film behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which also stars “Alice” actor Johnny Depp, and the animated “Finding Nemo.”
The second in the three-film “Pirates” series is also one of the five other movies to reach $1 billion–the others being “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “The Dark Knight.”
The movie is set for home-video release in the U.S. on Tuesday.
The box-office performance of “Alice” helped Disney post a 55% profit jump for the latest quarter as earnings for the struggling studio-entertainment unit soared nearly 20-fold.
Disney shares were recently up 2.4% at $33.87 amid a sharp market rally. The stock is up 42% the past year.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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