Sony Pictures Classics Expands "Before Midnight" To 226 Screens

NEW YORK, NY (July 31, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that after continued box office success they will once again increase BEFORE MIDNIGHT's theater count to 226 screens this weekend. Richard Linklater's film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, has grossed $7,743,294 in theaters to date. This surpasses BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET's box office grosses, marking BEFORE MIDNIGHT as the trilogy's most successful film.

Sony Pictures Classics' most recently released Woody Allen's BLUE JASMINE and their upcoming releases include Atiq Rahimi's THE PATIENCE STONE, Jerusha Hess' AUSTENLAND, Haifaa Al Mansour's WADJDA and John Krokidas' KILL YOUR DARLINGS.

About Sony Pictures Classics
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.

Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 31 Academy Awards® (27 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 135 Academy Award® nominations (109 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

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