Stalingrad 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.
Gravity 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.