No plain Janes at the box office

Theaters showcase Austen resurgence

The U.S. box office is full of pride and more than a little prejudiced when it comes to Jane Austen.

After all, films having to do with Austen’s books — and now with the 18th-century author herself — have had remarkably good luck.

The latest example, Miramax’s “Becoming Jane,” starring Anne Hathaway as the young Austen, had grossed nearly $16 million as of Sept. 4, only four weeks into its run.

Film, which opened Aug. 3 and features James McAvoy as Austen’s love interest, is at the top of the list of successful summer indies in terms of B.O. gross.

That could portend well for Sony Classics’ upcoming “The Jane Austen Book Club,” about a group of women who form a book club devoted to Austen’s novels. Cast includes Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brennemen and Parisa Fitz-Henley.

Pic, which preems in Toronto, opens in select U.S. theaters Sept. 21.

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