Midnight in Paris is poised to become Woody Allen’s biggest hit in 25 years. Though it only recently reached more than 1,000 movie theaters, the Owen Wilson comedy has grossed an impressive $22.7 million, in addition to near-universal critical praise. When it passes Match Point ($23.1 million) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona ($23.2 million) later this week, it will be the director’s most successful film since the Oscar-winning Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986.
Well, technically… but not really. As impressive as Midnight in Paris has been – especially following duds You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Whatever Works – no box-office nerd would attempt to rank it among Allen’s biggest hits. Films simply cost more today; and so do tickets. So when adjusted for inflation (courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com), Midnight in Paris’s grosses rank only 20th among Allen’s films, trailing movies like The Purple Rose of Cairo and Small Time Crooks. A more comprehensive ranking of Allen’s films at the box office is after the jump:
Woody Allen’s Top 10 Biggest Box-Office Hits (when adjusted for inflation)
1. Annie Hall (1977), $134.8 million (in 2011 dollars)
2. Manhattan (1979), $125.1
3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), $84.9
4. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), $83.3
5. Sleeper (1973), $81.5
6. Love & Death (1975), $77.2
7. Bananas (1971), $56.4*
8. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), $36.1
9. Interiors (1978), $35.0
10. Stardust Memories (1980), $30.4
* The official box-office records for Bananas are difficult to confirm (as are figures for Take the Money and Run), and might not be completely accurate.
The good news for Midnight in Paris is that it seems certain to crack the Top 10, inflation be darned. And just looking at that Top 10 list makes me want to embark on a Woody Allen weekend marathon. But where would I start. Suggestions?