Disney is opening Tim Burton's 3D Alice in Wonderland at midnight tonight (Thursday/Friday) on about 1,000 screens in the hope of boosting its weekend total, which some box-office analysts predict could exceed Avatar 's $77-million debut. Alice, starring Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska in the title role and featuring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter as other Lewis Carroll characters, will move into about 3,700 theaters by Friday evening. It is also scheduled to open overseas in 41 countries. The Hollywood Reporter noted that "pre-release tracking looks strong in all demos, with must-see interest apparent well beyond family moviegoers." Somewhat ironically, the film's main rival is not any other movie currently on screen -- but all the top films of 2009, as Sunday's Oscar ceremonies are certain to draw many moviegoers away from theaters,