Thor: The Dark World took the Russian box office with a $7.8 million premiere. The superhero sequel averaged a market-leading $10,222 from 763 screens. The original film had a $6.1 million bow in April of 2011 and went on to gross $16.4 million from the market.
Gorko! slid down to second place after dethroning Stalingrad for last weekend’s top spot. Gorko! finished its second frame with a successful $5.4 million take, bringing its domestic total to $14.9 million. Stalingrad continued to earn in its home country as well; the WWII epic took in $2.7 million to boost its total to a $47.8 million cume. Stalingrad is the most successful Russian film of all time. Stalingrad opened in China this weekend, conquering the box office with a $6.2 million bow. Stalingrad is playing in three markets worldwide and has grossed $59.1 million globally.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is on the verge of matching the $8.2 million lifetime run of the original. The animated sequel has grossed $7.4 million after two weeks in release.
A trio of U.S. releases opened in the mid-table spots. The Counselor fared best in a competitive weekend, taking a $2.3 million bow that would normally place it higher on the list. Free Birds 3D opened slightly behind with a $2.2 million premiere. Enders Game struggled out of the gate in Russia with a $1.1 million debut.
Gravity slid down to the bottom of the chart after a month in release. The sci-fi film is on the verge of hitting the $20 million mark in Russia, a figure that it should reach in the course of its run. Gravity has currently grossed a total of $19.4 million in Russia.
Top Ten Films in Russia.
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.
Top Ten Films in Russia.