Playing on just six screens in the country, Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine made $612,767 this weekend. That’s an average of $102,128 per screen, making it the biggest limited release of the year. It’s also Allen’s strongest opening to date, in terms of per screen average. By comparison, the weekend’s top grossing film, The Wolverine, opened in 3,924 theaters to gross $55 million, averaging about $14,000 per screen.
Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett as a once-wealthy Ruth Madoff-esque character recovering from a nervous breakdown. Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K., Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Sarsgaard make up the rest of the cast. Blanchett’s performance, in particular, is already being singled out as a possible Oscar contender. The buzz is not lost on Sony Pictures Classics, who released the movie, telling the Los Angeles Times:
[Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael] Barker said he is considering mounting an awards campaign for the film, similar to Midnight in Paris, which landed four Academy Award nominations.
“We don’t like to put the cart before the horse,” he said, “but not unlike Midnight in Paris, when we first saw the film, we thought this was the kind of film that really has the opportunity to get some recognition. Not only for best actress, but the supporting players, Woody’s screenplay and the direction – even the picture. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Next weekend, Blue Jasmine will open wider, in about 60 theaters nationwide. Woody Allen may sometimes be down, but he’s never out.