'Legend No. 17' Becomes the Highest Grossing Russian Film of All Time
on June 14, 2013
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.
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