A week after opening the Cannes Film Festival to warm notices, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is burning up the U.S. box office. On six screens, the Owen Wilson led ensemble piece grossed a fantastic $171,000 Friday night. That made for a $28,000 per-theater-average, which would have been an respectable number for the entire weekend. But instead "Paris" looks like it could be heading for a downright stunning weekend gross of $450,000-$500,000 and a year-high (by far) average in the $75,000-$85,000 range for the weekend.
All in all, distributor Sony Pictures Classics should be very pleased. Their last outing with Allen, last year's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," averaged $26,684 on 6 screens. "Paris" surpassed that Friday night alone. If all goes well, it should also surpass "Melinda and Melinda" as Allen's best limited opening ever.
Check back with indieWIRE tomorrow for a full report on the weekend box office Sunday afternoon.