For generations, fans of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' have peeked through the looking glass to see the wonders on the other side, everything from armies of paying cards and vanishing cats with maniacal grins to portly twins who speak in rhyme. Now it appears that they will be seeing something else through that magical lens: fat stacks of mad cash.

That's because, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting, Disney's 3D 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel has just cracked the $1 billion mark worldwide. The Tim Burton extravaganza, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, opened on March 5 and has brought in over $332 million domestically to go with an international take just north of $667 million. For generations, fans of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' have peeked through the looking glass to see the wonders on the other side, everything from armies of paying cards and vanishing cats with maniacal grins to portly twins who speak in rhyme. Now it appears that they will be seeing something else through that magical lens: fat stacks of mad cash.

That's because, as the Hollywood Reporter is reporting, Disney's 3D 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel has just cracked the $1 billion mark worldwide. The Tim Burton extravaganza, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, opened on March 5 and has brought in over $332 million domestically to go with an international take just north of $667 million.

That's enough cash to throw yourself a major league tea party, so Disney executives like vice president of international distribution David Kornblum can be excused for falling into their own rabbit hole of hyperbole when describing the haul.

"It's an amazing result," Kornblum told The Hollywood Reporter before adding enthusiastically, "'Alice in Wonderland' has reinvented the culture of cinema-going in a big way."

Actually, while Kornblum is stretching the point -- as far as we can tell, the only thing that has been reinvented here is Burton's expense account -- he's right in one way at least: 'Alice in Wonderland' marks the first movie to reach $1 billion internationally from a spring release date rather than with a summer or holiday debut.

So what's up next for Burton and the Mouse House? Given the phenomenal success of 'Alice,' we're expecting to see another 3D live action sequel to a classic Disney film. Our suggestion: While we'd really love to see Burton's take on 'Song of the South,' perhaps something a little edgier would suit his aesthetic better. 'Black Cauldron 2 in 3D,' anyone?

Now that would truly be reinventing cinema.
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