'Stalingrad' Opens to Record-Breaking $14.5M Bow on October 14, 2013

Screen_Shot_2013-10-14_at_1.30.11_PM.pngStalingrad 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. 



TOP STORIES: Russia Adds 200 3D Screens; Ilya Bachurin Speaks on October 10, 2013

Glavkino's general director, Ilya Bachurin, speaks to The Moscow TImes. [The Moscow Times]


Russia gets 200 more 3D screens on the heels of box office success. [The Wrap]



'Gravity' Takes Off with $8.1M Debut on October 07, 2013

gravityopeningweekend.jpgGravity led the Russian box office over the weekend with a strong $8.1 million debut. The sic-fi film registered 752,000 admissions from 1,215 in its opening frame with the 3D share accounting to be approximately 75% of the gross. Russia played a major role in Gravity's $27.4 million day-and-date performance in 27 overseas markets. Gravity will continue its overseas expansion with $82.9 million worldwide in the bank. 

TOP STORIES: Russian Animation Prepares for MIPCOM; Foreign Film Tax Nixed on October 04, 2013

15 major animated studios for Russia will attend MIPCOM. [The Hollywood Reporter]


The foreign film tax is off the table. [The Moscow Times]


'Jobs' Launches with $3.3M Debut, Biggest Opening for American Biopic in Russia on September 23, 2013

jobsstill.jpgA $3.3 million debut from Jobs launched the film to the top of the box office in Russia, posting the biggest opening of all time for an American biopic in the market. The Jobs debut grossed twice as much as The Social Network premiere. Riddick held on with a $2.8 million take from 650 locations in its second weekend. The cumulative total for Riddick is a very strong $9.8 million. 


We're the Millers became the highest R-rated comedy export in Russia, reaching a $17.3 million cume over its sixth weekend in Russia. Despicable Me 2 is also earning in its sixth weekend in Russia. The animated sequel took in $630 from 399 dates to reach a $33.7 million cume. 


Other Cumulative Totals: 


Monsters University - $20.9m

The Conjuring - $10M


Planes - $5.2M

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