VIY broke Stalingrad's opening weekend record for a domestic film in Russia after the fantasy-adventure film took a $17.2 million bow from a Thursday premiere.
VIY played in 1,025 dates in its $17,228,745 opening weekend, ranking in first place with a dominat 70% market share. VIY represents the biggest opening of all time for a Universal release in Russia. It is the fourth biggest opening weekend of all time in Russia behind Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 3, and Twilight 4.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit faced off against Grudge Match in Russia in a head-to-head battle for the top spot in Russia. The secret agent film came out on top after registering a $2 million opening weekend from 1,050 screens in the market, outgrossing the Warner Bros. boxing comedy by about 40%.
The $2 million debut is 54% ahead of comparable title Safe House and only 24% below the opening weekend figures for Jack Reacher.