This past Friday, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” hit theaters. Being the sequel to the 6th highest grossing Walt Disney Pictures film of all time (the 2010 “Alice in Wonderland”) it was estimated that it would do fairly well, around $60 million over Memorial Day weekend.
However, the numbers are in and it seems that it won’t be near the box office numbers the first film reached. Over the four-day weekend, the film brought in around $34.2 million (compared to the first movie’s opening weekend of $116 million in earnings).
There could have been a number of reasons contributing to the low opening box office numbers; it could be because Tim Burton was not the director. I thought James Bobin did a fantastic job directing, but with Tim Burton having a huge fan base, many Burton fans may have opt to wait for the sequel to come to Redbox rather than pay for a movie ticket. Another possible reason? It has huge cinematic hits such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “The Jungle Book” in theaters at the same time, providing some huge competition for Memorial Day Weekend audiences.
Having seen the movie myself, I would definitely recommend the film if you’re an Alice fan. I enjoyed the new characters, the visuals, and had a great time seeing it. You can check out our official review here, as well as learn more about the makers of the film from the “Alice Through the Looking Glass” press conference.