Alice Through The Looking Glass

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  • Directed By: James Bobin
  • Written By: Linda Woolverton, Lewis Carroll
  • Release Date: May 27, 2016
  • Domestic Distributor: Disney
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Box Office Info:
Budget: $170 millionFinanced by: Disney
Domestic Gross: $77,041,381Overseas Gross: $222,415,643


Alice Through The Looking Glass comes six years after the first installment pulled in just over a billion dollars worldwide and in the subsequent years saw the commercial appeal of 3D dip and the drawing power of Johnny Depp wan.  The budget for Alice Through The Looking Glass was $170 million and Disney financed this sequel.   The picture had the full force of the mouse house marketing machine behind it and Disney was reported to be on the line for $320 million after a global marketing blitz.

In addition to the costly P&A spend, Disney licensed the hell out of the film, partnering with dozens and dozens of global companies for product tie-ins.  Hot Topic launched an eight-piece fashion collection, so you can spend your parents money and dress like a jackass (Mad Hatter) or Alice or the Red Queen.  OPI launched an Alice nail polish line.  There’s toys.  Artisan chocolate.  The Home Shopping Network launched the network’s largest movie-inspired event ever, pushing hundreds of expensive tie-in merchandise and if you spent $2,999.95 on the Surreal Oak Tree Storage Shed, you have money to blow and this site could use some of it.  With the whirlwind of excessive merchandising and marketing pushed by Disney, Alice Through The Looking Glass was impossible to ignore and yet audiences did just that.

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Disney positioned the franchise tentpole against another franchise tentpole X-Men: Apocalypse and both pictures were hurt, though X-Men fared far better.  Alice Through The Looking Glass received mostly terrible reviews and despite high awareness from auds, it opened way below expectations with $26,858,726.  It placed #2 for the weekend led by X-Men and would be the third Memorial Day flop for Disney, which saw Tomorrowland struggle the year prior and Prince Of Persia in 2010.  Audiences liked the pic more than critics and awarded it an A- cinemascore, but Alice 2 sank 57.9% in its second weekend to $11,314,635. It posted a 50.1% third frame decline to $5,646,012 and closed its domestic run with $77,041,381 — a far cry away from the original’s $334,191,110 cume.

There were some signs of life in a few offshore markets, but not enough interest to push this sequel out of the red.  China posted the highest overseas gross with $58.7 million and most markets posted a fraction of the $691.2 million total the first installment pulled in.  The original grossed a massive $133 million in Japan, which was its strongest territory and this cumed $26.7 million.  The overseas total came to $222,415,643.  Disney would see returned about $165 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, covering their P&A expenses but little of the budget.  At this rate only excessive sales of the Surreal Oak Tree Storage Shed can save this from being a total write-down for Disney.

Producer Joe Roth saw another unwanted fantasy sequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War post awful numbers just 6 weeks prior.

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