Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

This week sees Tim Burton return to the director’s chair as he reunites with leading man Johnny Depp once again for Dark Shadows.

Dark Shadows is a movie adaptation of the sixties TV series and is the first time that Burton & Depp have worked together since Alice In Wonderland back in 2010.

But there is also an all star support cast as Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Chloe Moretz also star.

So to celebrate the release of the movie we take a look at some of the biggest grossing movies of Burton’s directing career so far.

1. Alice In Wonderland - $1,024 billion

Alice In Wonderland is Tim Burton’s biggest movie success as it is his only movie to break the $1 billion barrier.

Released in 3D back in 2010 the movie was a critical and commercial hit and was one of two movies, the other being Toy Story 3, to break $1 billion that year.

The movie was a new take on the popular tale as it followed Alice’s return to Wonderland after years away.

The movie marked the arrival of Mia Wasikowska as a young acting talent to watch out for while Johnny Depp stole the show as the Mad Hatter.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - $474 million

Burton brought Roald Dahl’s tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory back to the big screen back in 2005.

The movie followed the story of Charlie Bucket as he wins a golden ticket to visit the most famous chocolate factory in the world and meet Willy Wonka.

The movie marked another project between Burton and Depp as the Oscar winning actor took on the role of Willy Wonka, putting his own and very different stamp on the role.

3. Batman - $411 million

Tim Burton brought the character of Bruce Wayne aka Batman to the big screen in 1989 and it remains one of the best movies in the franchise.

The movie saw Burton cast Michael Keaton, with whom he had worked on Beetlejuice, in the title role, a decision that did not go down well with producers in the beginning.

The movie went on to gain critical acclaim, especially for the central performances of both Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and it boosted Burton’s profile as a director.

4. Planet of the Apes - $362 million

Despite being one of Burton’s least successful movies critically the movie did go on to perform well at the box office back in 2000.

The movie was criticised for loosing the dark tone of the book as Burton moved away from the style of filmmaking to something a little lighter.

The adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s novel starred Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth and followed an astronaut who crash lands on a planet that is ruled by intelligent apes.

Despite the criticism the movie went on to gross over $180 million in the U.S. and over $362 million worldwide. 

5. Batman Returns - $266 million

Burton returned to the Batman franchise in 1992 with Batman Returns as Michael Keaton reprised the central role of Bruce Wayne.

This time around Batman battled Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck.

While the movie is not held in as high regard as its predecessor the movie went on to be a commercial success at took in excess of $266 million at the global box office.

Dark Shadows is released 11th May

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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