Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Woody Allen joins the summer Specialty newcomers this weekend with his anticipated Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins. The Sony Classics release marks a return to America and possibly another hit at the box office following his recent titles To Rome With Love and Midnight In Paris (which is his b.o. record to date) and possibly some awards nods later this year. CBS Films is going for it with a hefty weekend bow of its comedy The To Do List, which it financed targeting a predominantly female audience. Veteran Hong Kong director Johnnie To is making rare press appearances in support of his crime-drama Drug War for Well Go USA and Variance Films, which will have an exclusive New York run its first weekend, while Gravitas Ventures will roll out Apartment 1303 3D with Mischa Barton and Rebecca De Mornay in over a dozen markets in both 3D and 2D formats. Also joining the group of limited release newcomers are Oscilloscope’s Toronto ’12 drama Wasteland from first-time director Rowan Athale and China Lion’s stylish Tiny Times, which made a splash at the box office when it opened earlier this summer in mainland China.
Director-writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, Tammy Blanchard
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine is the fifth film in a row (and sixth overall) the veteran filmmaker has released with Sony Pictures Classics, of which 2011 Oscar-winner Midnight In Paris scored the highest domestic box office total to date with over $56.8 million (and the filmmaker’s most successful box office title overall), while last year’s To Rome With Love racked up nearly $17 million. His latest film is a strong awards contender, especially for Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins who have received attention in the lead-up to the film’s roll out this weekend, though SPC says awards talk is still too early. “We don’t put the cart before the horse,” said co-president Michael Barker. (more…)