“Alice in Wonderland” Set to Join Billion-Dollar Club

Tim Burton‘s dark interpretation of the popular children’s story “Alice in Wonderland” is expected to earn the distinction of being one of only a few films to collect at least $1 billion in worldwide box-office gross. Box-office trackers tip “Alice in Wonderland,” which was released in March after premiering in London on February 25, to join the billion-dollar club by Thursday.

“Alice,” which stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, has earned $667 million internationally and $332 million domestically. It set a new record for a March release when it earned $41 million in its first day. It went on to gross $116.1 million in its first weekend, erasing the $70 million March record set by the Spartan adventure “300” in 2006.

“Alice” would become the sixth film to break the billion-dollar mark. The other films to earn at least $1 billion are James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” Gore Verbinski’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”