Sports biopic Legend No. 17 is the highest grossing Russian film of all time, according to a report from Film Journal International. The hockey film detailing the life of Soviet ace Valery Kharlamov surpassed the $27.5 million tally from the previous record holder, Peter Buslov's Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive. Both films are biopics about celebrated Russian figures, an indication of the sort of films that Russian audiences respond to. An upcoming mega-production, the WW2 era historical epic Stalingrad, will be the first Russian film to be released in IMAX 3D, with Sony Pictures International taking over the distribution duties in the territory. If the big budget spectacle can deliver upon its domestic release, it might pose a serious threat to the longevity of Legend No. 17 as the historical title holder atop the Russian box office
Legend No. 17 has grossed over $29 million after eight weeks in release in Russia. Last weekend was the first time the sports film placed outside of the top ten after seven consecutive weekends.
A big weekend in Russia came as a breath of fresh air for After Earth, which led the Russian box office by a considerable margin in its opening frame. The sci-fi film took the top spot with an $8.4 million debut, nearly three times the weekend gross of second place film The Hangover Part III. The adult comedy took in a healthy $3 million in its sophomore weekend, a 65% drop from its successful Russian premiere. The Hangover Part III has grossed a total of $14.2 million in Russia.
Epic continued its great run in Russia with a third place showing after a $2.1 million weekend. The animated film has been in release for three weeks and grossed a total of $11.5 million; Russia is the second biggest overseas market for Epic, following the United Kingdom. Fast & Furious 6 is still well above all the other films in the top ten with a $31.5 million cumulative gross after a fourth place showing that brought in $1.7 million over the weekend. The Great Gatsby broke the $15 million mark over the weekend, after placing in fifth with its first weekend grossing under $1 million. The Great Gatsby is currently showing a 33% lead in total gross over Star Trek Into Darkness. Both films premiered in the same weekend last month. Star Trek Into Darkness is in the last moments of its theatrical run in Russia after dropping 84% and posting five-figure weekend numbers. Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed a total of $10 million in Russia.
Box Office Results for Russia. Weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
After Earth scored a big opening weekend in Russia, posting a big lead above every other film in the market for the top spot. An $8.5 million gross represented After Earth's biggest performance from a single territory overseas. It was nearly three times as much as the second place film grossed; a $3.6 million sophomore effort from The Hangover Part III that helped the comedy reach a $15.1 million cume in Russia. Epic also posted solid numbers in its second weekend, grossing $2.1 million and reaching an $11.7 million total. The Great Gatsby is now the most successful Baz Luhrman film of all time in Russia, relying on Leonardio Di Caprio's star power to take its total to $15.9 million. None of these films have been able to get near the runaway success of Fast & Furious 6, as the latest entry in the car caper franchise boasts a strong $32.8 million cume in the market.
The Hangover Part III led the pack in Russia last weekend, posting $8.6 million debut with no other major new releases to compete against. It is the biggest opening of all time for an R rated comedy in Russia. The opening for the last installment of the Hangover trilogy grossed 529% above its original and 104% ahead of the sequel.
Fast & Furious 6 continued making a mark at the box office, grossing $5.2 million over the weekend despite a 70% drop. The action film has now grossed $28.3 million in Russia after only two weeks. Epic had a big boost in its second week and posted a $4.8 million bump to take its total to $8 million. The Great Gatsby added $1.5 million in its third week to see its cume reach $14.2 million. Gatsby has enjoyed more success than Star Trek Into Darkness; the sci-fi sequel has grossed $10.2 million in the same timeframe and has slowed down significantly with a 76% fall and a $382k weekend.
Box Office Results for Russia. May 31- June 2, 2013.
The Hangover Part III was the top film in Russia, grossing $9.3 million on its opening weekend. The film saw a 529% improvement over the original's premiere and a 104% boost above the previous installment. Epic had a very positive debut in russia with a $7.9 million opening weekend. Fast & Furious 6 was among the strongest hold-overs, adding $5.4 million en route to a $28.5 million cume. The Great Gatsby held above the $1 million mark, posting a $1.1 million weekend to take its cume to $13.8 million.
Check back with us on Wednesday for the full top ten list.