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by Peter Knegt
May 21, 2011 4:42 AM
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Friday Box Office: Woody's "Paris" Is Burning For Sony Classics

Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." Sony Pictures Classics.

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.

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2 Comments

  • Ulf Claesson | May 22, 2011 9:00 AMReply

    Yeah, Go, Woody, Go! I've always loved him, even when others have claimed he's been making sub-par films (he never did; watch Anything Else again, with an open mind, and you'll find quite the gemstone) and this is incedibly good news. Hope he keeps on making films into his 90s. We need Woody. With him gone (hey, that day will come, as it does to us all) who will we turn to for intelligent, funny, penetrating studies of relationships?

  • Proman | May 22, 2011 5:09 AMReply

    Go Woody! I absolutely love your work!