I apologize in advance -- I'm trying to write this while watching the Oscars. Alice in Wonderland scored a personal best for Tim Burton, and also the highest opening weekend gross during the month of March with an astonishing $116 million, a marketing triumph for Disney, and further proof -- as if any were needed -- of the power and viability of 3-D. Why did Peter Sarsgaard shave his head? Is it for a role? Oh, it's probably for playing the villain in Green Lantern. It's kind of a good look for him. Alice will have no serious family-oriented competition until How to Train Your Dragon comes out at the end of the month, so it could continue to do well in the coming weeks.

Overture's grim cop drama Brooklyn's Finest ended up in second with $13.5 million, which is actually pretty good -- I was looking for something more in line with 2008's Pride and Glory ($6.3 milllion). Oh look, it's Molly Ringwald! She looks sort of like a cross between a Na'Vi and the Terminator. The movie edged out the third weekend of Shutter Island, which is holding up admirably -- Whoa! They trotted out Macauley Culkin! Did not see that one coming.

Holding up less well were last weekend's debuts, Cop Out and The Crazies, which dropped off around 50 and 55%, respectively. I also note that this is the first time that Avatar fell more than 40% from weekend to weekend, though it should hang around the top 10 through March and beyond.

The full top 10 after the jump.

categories Cinematical