Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett star in Woody Allen's movie 'Blue Jasmine.' Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett's film is set to pass other indies such as 'Mud' and 'The Way, Way Back' in box office grosses.
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The movie "Blue Jasmine," directed by Woody Allen, is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing independent release of the year after taking in $4.3 million over the weekend.
Sony Pictures Classics aggressively expanded the drama, in which Cate Blanchett plays the wife of a Bernie Madoff-type swindler, into 1,283 theaters in its fifth weekend, up from 229. That's the widest release ever for an Allen film, and it averaged $3,352 per location and raised its domestic total to $14.8 million.
That leaves it behind the pace set by "Midnight in Paris," the 77-year-old auteur's biggest box office hit. That 2011 comedy averaged $4,706 in 1,038 locations in its fifth week, before going on to make more than $56 million domestically and $151 million worldwide.