Could he have foreseen this?
By the standard of limited releases, Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” performed well this weekend.
But by the standard of Woody Allen, it’s ... less clear.
After grossing about $50,000 on Wednesday and Thursday, the Sony Pictures Classics film, a marital comedy starring Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto, grossed $164,000 over the weekend. That’s an average of about $27,300 per screen — a number most small films would be happy with. By comparison, Lionsgate’s “Buried,” which also opened in limited release, averaged only about one-third of that total.
But Allen has a hard-core fan base in cities such as New York and Los Angeles that comes out to see his films opening weekend, and he always attracts high per-screen averages, sometimes in the $40,000-$50,000 range. By that elevated standard, “Stranger” yielded a less favorable result. The film had the lowest per-screen average of Allen’s last seven movies that have opened in limited release.
It’s too soon to say what that will mean for the cumulative box office. Allen’s films tend to stay in theaters for months. And Allen has had a resurgence with his last few pictures. Two of them — “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Match Point” — have topped $20 million, the first time in more than two decades that he’s hit that milestone.