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'Blue Jasmine' to Go Wider--and Outgross--Any Woody Allen Film

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2013 at 4:24PM

Sony Pictures Classics has decided that the time is right to expand "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's 44th feature starring Cate Blanchett, from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This far surpasses the "Midnight in Paris" screen count of 1038, marking "Blue Jasmine" as the widest release of any Allen film.
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Sony Pictures Classics has decided that the time is right to expand "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's 44th feature starring Cate Blanchett, from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This far surpasses the "Midnight in Paris" screen count of 1038, marking "Blue Jasmine" as the widest release of any Allen film. 

So far "Blue Jasmine" is on track to outgross "Midnight," which topped out at $56 million domestically; "Jasmine" has scored $9,943,025 million at the box office since its July 26th limited release. On its opening weekend, the film averaged $102,011 per screen in six theaters – one of the top limited openings of all time.  

The film is also in the awards conversation, with Blanchett currently the favorite for Best Actress. Needless to say there are many movies still to be seen. 

This article is related to: Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics, Woody Allen, Box Office, Box Office, Box Office


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.