Not unlike some European theater chains, AMC, the second-largest theater operator in the United States, is uncertain if it will carry Alice in Wonderland at all, the Los Angeles Times reports. This is due to Disney wanting to shorten the theatrical run of the film in favor of earlier home entertainment releases.
Less than two weeks remain before the theatrical release of Alice, but the Kansas City, Mo.-based company, which has more than 4,500 screens worldwide, has not yet agreed to screen it, according to three people familiar with the matter.
If AMC refuses to show "Alice," that would be a major blow to the film's box-office returns. However, Disney and AMC are expected to reach a compromise that would avert such an outcome -- even if negotiations go down to the wire, sources said.
Representatives of AMC and Disney declined to comment.