Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have increased MIDNIGHT IN PARIS’ theater count to 1, 038 screens, which marks the widest release of any Woody Allen film. The film has earned over $16 million dollars to date, so went today’s press release for the film.
Midnight in Paris is successful, I think, not just because it has big stars in it but because, for the first time in many years, a Woody Allen movie has good word of mouth. Why is it so good? It isn’t particularly great. But somehow whatever it has just works really well. The seemingly accidental casting of Owen Wilson does wonders to kickstart Woody’s character template recasting him not as a neurotic intellectual who needs to be pulled out of his shell to become a living, breathing human (usually at the behest of a underage girl) but as a dreamer – someone who takes the dialogue and dances with rather than wrestles it to the ground. And he never tries to sound like Woody Allen either. He sounds like Owen Wilson and somehow that works.