Will 'The Great Gatsby' Continue The Cannes Opening Night Film Winning Streak?

Will 'The Great Gatsby' Continue The Cannes Opening Night Film Winning Streak?
It was announced early this morning that -- as heavily rumored -- Australian director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 15th, 12 years (and six days) after his "Moulin Rouge!" took the opening night slot. This is notably the eight consecutive English-language film to open the festival, following "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), "My Blueberry Nights" (2007), "Blindness" (2008), "Up" (2009), "Robin Hood" (2010), "Midnight in Paris" (2011) and "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012). Though in general those predecessors are a mixed bag when it comes to both critical and commercial success, Cannes is coming off back-to-back success stories in both regards. Woody Allen's "Paris" and Wes Anderson's "Kingdom" both kicked off Cannes to warm reviews and then opened stateside a week later to huge limited numbers (each among the 10 best per-theater-averages for live action films ever) that led to final grosses north of $40 million. Both also went onto receive.
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