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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Lands at Sony Pictures Classics; The Fate of Past Partnerships

by Sophia Savage
January 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Allen's first Paris-shot film is the third to be financed by Spain's Mediapro (the first two were Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008 and Allen's latest, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger). SPC has also teamed with Allen before, on Dark Stranger, 2009's Whatever Works and 1999's Sweet and Lowdown. Midnight in Paris stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.

"I had a particularly enjoyable experience shooting in Paris," stated Allen. "It's something that I hope I get a chance to do again. I always look forward to having my films distributed by Sony Classics because they have great sensitivity toward my work and I appreciate it." Said SPC's Michael Barker and Tom Bernard: Midnight in Paris is Allen "at his most magical."

Look at the RottenTomatoes reviews on SPC's Allen films and their box office fates, compared to the more successful Weinstein-released Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which starred Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johannson and Rebecca Hall. Where will Midnight in Paris fall?


Title Tomatometer Domestic Gross Foreign Gross
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 46% $3.2 million $23.4 million
Whatever Works 50% $5.3 million $29.7 million
Vicky Cristina Barcelona 82% $23.2 million $73.2 million
Sweet and Lowdown 78% $4.2 million (foreign n/a)

2 Comments

  • mary | January 11, 2011 11:41 AMReply

    However, Weinstein should had spent much more P&A money to release "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" than what SPC did spend on "Whatever Works" (or "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger").

    Seems like "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" would still be profitable for SPC, and maybe it is why SPC is buying "Midnight in Paris".

  • Will | January 11, 2011 7:48 AMReply

    To be fair, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Whatever Works weren't very good.

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