Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’ Breaks Record in Limited Opening

Dramedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart nearly doubles per-screen average of previous 2016 leader “The Lobster”

Last Updated: July 19, 2016 @ 11:41 AM

Woody Allen‘s new film “Cafe Society” got off to a record-breaking start this weekend, with forecasts projecting it to earn the biggest per-screen average among all films that have opened so far in 2016.

The film grossed an estimated $355,000 from five theaters. That would put the Amazon Studios production at a whopping $71,000 per theater.

That dwarfs the previous record holder, A24’s “The Lobster,” which opened earlier this year to a per-screen take of $47,563. A24’s “Swiss Army Man” also opened with a strong average of $35,151.

The opening is also Woody Allen‘s best, per screen, since 2013’s “Blue Jasmine,” which averaged $102,011 per theater when it opened and went on to make $33.4 million domestically (and $64.1 million abroad). Allen’s highest-grossing film of all time is 2011’s “Midnight in Paris,” which made $56.8 million domestically.

“Cafe Society,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is being distributed by Lionsgate.

Set in the 1930s, the film follows the bicoastal adventures of Bobby Dorfman, played by a Woody Allen-esque young man (Eisenberg) who hopes to break into Hollywood with the help of his uncle, a high-power agent played by Carell.

The men find themselves caught in a love triangle with a young agency assistant (Stewart). The heart of the story shifts back to the East Coast when Bobby moves back to help his brother (Corey Stoll) run a swanky night club and becomes romantically involved with a divorcée (Blake Lively).

The film, also featuring Parker Posey, has received warm reviews since it debuted at Cannes in May, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 78 percent and a favorable Metacritic score of 66.

The opening numbers put “Cafe Society” in a strong position as it prepares to expand wide on July 29.