Despite coming out of the gate with a limited debut, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine has had a very strong opening, garnering the film and its lead some pretty hefty Oscar buzz.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine opened last Friday in 6 theatres across LA and New York, and secured the top per screen average of the year, with over $100,000 per screen.
The film is also Allen's most successful film to date, beating his own record set by 2011's Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Blanchett said she was particularly stoked to work with Allen: "So many people I knew had worked with him or at least had met him or auditioned for him and I had never gotten the call. I was thrilled,” she said.
In Blue Jasmine, Blanchett plays a well-to-do New Yorker who discovers that her husband earned his very large fortune through ill-gotten means. They lose everything, and she is forced to live with her sister in San Francisco. A far cry from the pomp and hullaballoo of New York's high society, Jasmine must overcome what happened and rebuild her life.
“It’s a portrait of a breakdown in many ways…I found it a challenge to play someone who is on the cusp of sanity and reality. I mean she’s on this cocktail of alcohol and Xanax… She’s such a combustible mix of guilt and rage, and fear and longing. There’s a lot to play with,” she said.
Blue Jasmine is currently screening at two LA theatres- Arclight Hollywood 15 and The Landmark.
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