Thor: The Dark World had a big opening in Russia, posting a $7.8 million in its first weekend in the country. The film improved upon the 2011 original, which enjoyed a $6.1 million bow en route to a $16.4 million run in the country.
The Counselor opened mid-table in the market with a $2 million bow from 960 screens, becoming the film’s top overseas territory in its slow overseas roll out.
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Stalingrad has become the most successful domestic film of all time at the Russian box office. Fyodor Bondarchuk's WWII epic is the first Russian film to be released in the IMAX 3D format and has already grossed an estimated $38.4 million in the country. Stalingrad has been selected as Russia's official entry for the Academy Awards. Stalingrad should overtake the $35.2 million earned by Despicable Me 2 in the coming days.
Gravity posted its first weekend under the $1 million mark. The sci-fi film has performed remarkably well in shadow of Stalingrad's 3D blockbuster run. Gravity has grossed a total of $19.4 million in Russia after four weekends. The Fifth Estate tanked in its Russian premiere with a debut in the $300K range.
Stalingrad broke through the $30 million mark in Russia. The WWII epic is Russia’s submission to the Academy Awards and is on track to become the year’s top grossing film in the territory if it continues its current momentum. An $11.8 million weekend in 1500 screens led to yet another dominating performance in the per-screen average column with a $7,891 result.
Escape Plan opened in second place with a solid $3.1 million take from 718 screens. The action film’s $4,373 per-screen average was second only to Stalingrad in the category. Gravity continued to show its resiliency with a $2.2 million hold in its third frame. The sci-fi film has struggled to take over the 3D market in Russia, going head-to-head with the IMAX 3D release of Stalingrad. Gravity’s $17.9 million cume is only a bit more than half of Stalingrad’s total, an unfortunate result of a tight release window between the two 3D films.
Rush couldn’t find enough space in the packed market to make a significant impact, opening in fourth place with a $1.9 million bow. Ron Howard’s F1 biopic earned $1.4 million of that figure over the weekend. Fellow openers Romeo and Juliet and The World’s End saw modest business in their limited release debut, neither of them grossing above the half-million mark.
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Stalingrad broke the box office record for a domestic opening in Russia with a $14.4 million premiere. The WW2 epic was released across Russia and the Ukraine last weekend in both IMAX and 3D formats, with Ukraine adding another $1 million in box office according to The Wrap. Stalingrad, produced for around $30 million, is Russia's official entry to this year's Academy Awards.
3D is enjoying a surprising growth in Russia this year, with company RealD recently announcing over 200 additional 3D screens to be installed in the country.
Gravity, another 3D release, confirmed the popularity of the format with a $4.3 million take in its second frame in the territory. Gravity brought in 516K admissions from 1,144 screens in the country, a 42% drop from its successful opening weekend and a strong performance considering Stalingrad’s record-breaking debut. The 3D version of Gravity represented an estimated 92% of the box office from 87% of the film’s screens. Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi film has grossed an impressive cume of $14.5 million after two weeks in Russia.
Runner Runner brought in $269K from 630 screens in its third weekend, taking the film’s Russian cume to $5.4 million. Runner Runner will likely overtake the $5.5 million earned by Disney’s Planes by next weekend.
The time-traveling romantic comedy About Time also opened in Russia over the weekend. The film played in 326 dates and collected a positive $466k over its first three days in the territory.