Thor: The Dark World climbed up to a $35.6 million cume in Russia over the weekend, its fourth frame in the market. The Thor sequel has now more than doubled the $16.4 million lifetime gross of the original in the market. Thor: The Dark World passed Fast & Furious 6 ($33.9) and Despicable Me 2 ($35.1M) to become the third highest grossing release of 2013. It is unlikely that Thor will be able to challenge Iron Man 3 ($44.2M) or Stalingrad ($51.6M) for the top two spots of the year at the Russian box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit $20 million by the following weekend after finishing its latest frame in Russia with a $19.6 million cume. Russia is one of the world’s top markets for the sequel, joining the United Kingdom ($35.3M), Germany ($24.5M), and Australia ($22.2M) as one of the film’s top performers outside of North America. The original Hunger Games grossed $13.3 million in Russia.
An $11.5 million debut for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nearly surpassed the original's $13.3 million lifetime take in Russia. Catching Fire dominated the market in its debut, securing a commanding lead in the per-screen average category with a market-leading $12,264 average.
Last Vegas had a moderate hold in second place with a $1.6 million tally. The comedy starring a strong cast of veteran actors has already grossed a successful $5.4 million in the market. Horror reboot Carrie tumbled 67% from its opening weekend for a $1.5 million take in its second frame. Carrie's two-week total stands at $7.7 million.
Thor: The Dark World suffered a 71% drop in the shadow of Catching Fire. The Thor sequel grossed $1.4 million over the weekend and has earned a total of $34.6 million in the market.
Disney's Delivery Man, a remake of French-langauge Canadian film Starbuck, opened day-and-date with North America and couldn't muster better numbers in Russia. The film was yet another flop for Vince Vaughn in North America and settled for a mid-table premiere in Russia with $1.2 million.
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Russia is the second largest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World. The Thor sequel has grossed a total of $34.6 million in Russia, over twice the $16.4 million lifetime total of the original, and only trails China’s $48.3 million take. Thor: The Dark World is currently reporting a $381 million overseas cume and $548.8 milliom global total.
Gravity floated to a $21.1 million cume in its seventh weekend in Russia. The sci-fi film has grossed $331.5 million overseas and a total of $577 million worldwide. Russia is the fifth most important overseas market for the film, trailing France ($42.8M), China ($35.5M), the U.K. ($31.4M), and South Korea ($27.9M). Gravity’s numbers in Russia suffered from a heated competition against Stalingrad, a domestic IMAX release that broke the country’s box office record for a domestic film with a $51 million haul.