ALICE IN WONDERLAND claims the box-office crown for the third weekend in a row!

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, handily defeated all box-office competition in its third weekend of release, earning $34.5 million in North America and setting a box-office record for a March release. Alice has now made $265.7 million domestically after just 17 days in theaters. Fox’s new release Diary of a Wimpy Kid took second place for the weekend with a better-than-expectations $21.8 million, with the Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter close behind at $21 million.

Overseas, Alice in Wonderland continued to soar over all competition, earning an estimated $47 million and bringing its foreign earnings to more than $300 million. Alice‘s worldwide total box office–hold on to your mad hats–is $565.8 million. Walt Disney Studios must be thrilled with Alice‘s performance, because Disney hasn’t had a film that stayed #1 at the box office for three weekends in a row since 2006. That film was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, also starring Johnny Depp.

Coincidence? We don’t think so.

The Zone thanks Shadowydog, Emma, and FANtastic JD for today’s box office updates. You can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum.