'The Hunger Games Catching Fire' Enjoys a Bright Russian Debut on November 25, 2013

cf.pngThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire nearly outgrossed the lifetime total of the original after a $10.8 million premiere put the film front and center at the Russian box office. The first installment in The Hunger Games franchise opened with a $6.6 million bow en route to a $13.3 million cume. The sequel is set to exceed the original’s total in the coming week.   

'Delivery Man' Delivers Familiar Results for Vince Vaughn in Russia on November 25, 2013

DMStill.jpgVince Vaughn isn't a very bankable star in Russia, an overseas market where comedies tend to be hit-or-miss. The star's latest comedy vehicle, Delivery Man, a remake of the French-language Canadian indie Starbuck, opened on par with Vaughn's previous outings in the market.

Vaughn's last comedy, The Internship, tanked in North America and abroad with a $94 million global gross. Unfortunately for the actor, it doesn't appear as if Delivery Man will be able to deliver better results.

The comedy sank in North America with an $8.2 million bow and failed to make an impact in Russia with a $1.2 million take. The opening weekend is on par with similar comedies starring Vaughn: Couples Retreat is the actor's best Russian performance with a $1.6 million bow and $4 million cume; The Watch opened with $1.3 million and finished its run with $3.2 million; and The Internship took in $1 million in its debut this summer before closing with a $3.2 million haul.


RUSSIA: 'Thor: The Dark World' Set to Double Gross of the Original on November 20, 2013


Thor: The Dark World became the fifth-highest grossing film of the year in Russia after a $5 million weekend pushed the superhero sequel’s cume past the $30 million mark. The Thor sequel has now grossed nearly twice as much as its predecessor’s $16.4 million take.

Carrie opened in 820 screens to take second place, posting a $4.8 million bow and $5,881 per-screen average. The horror film put in a stronger performance than fellow opener Last Vegas, which settled for third place with a $3.3 million debut.

Russian hits Gorko! and Stalingrad continued to enjoy success in their respective runs. Stalingrad reached a $51.6 million total in its home country while Gorko! added $1.5 million over the weekend to reach a $23.1 million domestic cume.

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'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Stalingrad' Reach Major Milestones on November 18, 2013

Russia is the second-biggest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World. The superhero sequel has already broken the $30 million mark in the market, reaching a $31.6 million cume.

Stalingrad is winding down its domestic run, finishing the weekend with a $51.5 million cume in its home country. The WWII historical epic has also been a hit in China, where it entered the weekend with a $10.9 million total. Stalingrad's worldwide total is $65.7 million without factoring in the weekend results from China.

The Counselor reached a $5.3 million cume in its third frame. Gravity reached $20.9 million over its seventh weekend in the market.

Check back later this week for a full report on the weekend numbers from Russia.

RUSSIA: 'Thor: The Dark World' Breaks $20M on November 14, 2013

thor2reportcard.pngThor: The Dark World jumped to a $21.4 million cume to take command of the Russian box office. The superhero film hammered the competition and dominated the market in a weekend where two domestic new releases failed to find traction with audiences. The Georgrapher Drank His Globe Away had a $1.3 million opening in fifth place, while Rasputin settled for a spot on the bottom half of the table with an $868K take.

Domestic hits Gorko! and Stalingrad kept improving over the weekend. Gorko! took second place with a $3.2 million performance that sees its domestic cume improve to $20.6 million. Stalingrad continues setting the bar higher for future Russian releases, increasing its record-breaking total to $50.6 million over the weekend.

Free Birds finished the weekend in third place with a $1.5 million gross that bumps its cume to $5.1 million. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 continued to show that it can run the distance and broke the $10 million mark in its third frame.

The Counselor reached $4.6 million over its second weekend in release. The star-studded thriller will be able to salvage as much as $6 million from Russia in its quest to mollify the damage from its disastrous North American run. Ender’s Game suffered a steep drop in its second frame, falling down to ninth place and reaching a $2.2 million cume. It has been a good year for science-fiction in Russia, but it unfortunately looks like Ender’s Game will qualify as a hard flop in the market.

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