Could he have fore­seen this?

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — Steven Zeitchik

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.

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