Independent Box Office: Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ Debut is Year’s Best

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This weekend’s debut of Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” is one of the veteran writer-director’s best ever, and easily the year’s strongest specialty box office opening.

The comedy, starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, took in $612,726 from just six theaters for distributor Sony Pictures Classics. That’s a spectacular $102,128 per-screen average, topping the $87,667 average that “Spring Breakers” managed on three screens in March.

The “Blue Jasmine” debut tops that of “Midnight in Paris,” Allen’s 2011 hit that went on to take in $151 million globally. That film opened to a $99,834 average, also from six theaters.

“Paris” received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Allen won for Original Screenplay; the success of “Blue Jasmine” is sure to set off awards buzz for the movie and Blanchett in particular. Read more

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