Woody Allen's comedy "Blue Jasmine" is off to a great start.
It brought in $175,991 from six New York and L.A. theaters Friday for an impressive $29,332 per-theater average. That means it will likely take in around $550,000 for the weekend, which would give it a per-theater average north of $90,000 and be the year's best specialty opening ahead of the $87,667 average of "Spring Breakers."
It's an even better start than that of "Midnight in Paris," Allen's 2011 hit that opened to a $28,492 average on six theaters.
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins star in Sony Pictures Classics' PG-13-rated tale of a woman facing a life crisis. She heads to San Francisco and reconnects with her sister. Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star.
The Weinstein Co. went from 34 theaters to 1,064 with "Fruitvale Station" for this weekend. It brought in $1.4 million Friday and is looking at $4.2 million for the three days.
First-time director Ryan Coogler's drama is about the last day in the life of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot by a guard after an altercation on a BART train in Oakland, Calif., on New Year's Day, 2009.
Fox Searchlight went nationwide with its comedy "The Way Way Back," expanding it from 304 to 866 theaters and it took in $970,000 Friday, which puts it on track for a $3.4 million weekend.
CBS Films debuted "The To Do List" on 591 screens and it took in $590,000, for a per-screen average of just under $1,000. That puts it on pace for a three-day total north of $1.5 million. Aubrey Plaza stars in the teen sex comedy, written and directed by Maggie Carey.