Iron Man 3 took in $23.2 million in its Russian premiere, conquering the box office with a $19,206 per-screen average across 1208 screens. The superhero film packed theaters over the weekend and became one of the biggest hits of the year in Russia. L.egend No. 17 fell 32% in its third week, giving up the #1 spot at the box office and grossing $3.9 million. The sports biopic will not be disappointed after grossing $23.5 million in wide release before Iron Man's premiere. Pain & Gain fell 56% to third place and grossed $1.6m million take the cume of Michael Bay's passion project to $6.1 million -an unfamiliarly low number for the high-profile director.
Box office results for Russia. May 2-5, 2013.
Disney is reporting that Iron Man 3 recorded the most successful opening day in Russian box office history on Thursday. Iron Man 3 grossed $8 million on its first day in release. The superhero film is expected to easily replace domestic film Legend No. 17 as the #1 film at the box office this weekend.
No Iron Man 3 in Russia last weekend meant another big weekend for hockey biopic Legend No. 17. The sports film was the #1 film in the Russian box office for the second consecutive weekend, grossing $5.6 to bring its total to $16.4 million. Pain & Gain opened day-and-date in Russia but was unable to replicate its $20 million top spot in the United States. Michael Bay's Miami-set comedy grossed $3.6 million in its opening weekend. Scary Movie 5 was the weekend's other major release, coming in third place with $1.9 million. Oblivion struggled even without direct competition from Iron Man. The Tom Cruise film dropped 62% to come in at fourth place with a $1.4 million weekend. Oblivion has grossed $17.6 million in Russia.
Box office results for Russia. April 26-28, 2013.
Producers are going to have to get their movies seen if they
want to continue receiving state funds next year. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Russian government will require the country's top 10
production companies to account for at least 13.2% of admissions this year if
they want to continue receiving state funds.
Russia changed its state funding system for cinema projects in 2010, when it decided to award most of its cash to production companies instead of individual projects. Companies will have quite a bit of catching up to do if they want to meet the number this year. In 2012 the "big 10" companies only accounted for 6.8% of admissions.
Legend No. 17 didn't have any trouble in unseating Oblivion as the top grossing film in the Russian box office last weekend. The Russian biopic focuses on the life of Valeri Kharmalov, a celebrated Soviet era hockey idol. An $8 million opening weekend for the Russian sports biopic is notable in comparison to Cruise's career-best $9 million debut weekend for Oblivion last week. The Cruise film saw itself affected by the big performance from Legend No. 17, dropping 54% to gross $3.7 over the weekend for a $15 million Russian cume. The Croods had its first steep drop at the box office, falling 56% and grossing under $1 million for the first time in its sixth week in release. The Croods has a Russian cume of $27 million, the highest grossing film currently in release in the market.
Box Office Results for Russia. April 19-21, 2013.