DreamWorks' latest Woody Allen title, Anything Else, flopped into 12th place on $1.7m. Dividing critics, the comedy which stars Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci was both the weakest and widest of DreamWorks' Allen releases suggesting that a marketing campaign that relied heavily on promoting Biggs and Ricci and downplaying Allen's involvement may have backfired.
Anything Else is the last of four Allen films at DreamWorks. The first Allen film released by DreamWorks was Small Time Crooks on 865 screens for a $3.9m opening. This was followed by The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion (903 screens, $2.5m opening) and Hollywood Ending (765 screens, $2m opening). His next work will go out through Fox Searchlight.
Focus Features' Lost In Translation had a magnificent weekend after it expanded by 160 into 183 theatres. The romantic comedy climbed 184% and five places to 10th on $2.6m for $3.9m in its second week.
It was a good weekend all round for Focus, which re-released Brian De Palma's gangster classic Scarface in 32nd place for a $242,821 gross and $18,679 average from 13 theatres. De Palma's cult film was a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 title and was trashed by the critics when it opened in 1983. This time round much has been made of the its importance to the hip-hop community and rappers like Snoop Dogg, Sean Combs and Scarface have been falling over themselves to pay tribute to its 'life lessons'. Scarface grossed $44.7m from its original 1983 release.