RUSSIA: 'Catching Fire' Blasts Through Box Office with $11.5M Bow on November 27, 2013
An $11.5 million debut for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nearly surpassed the original's $13.3 million lifetime take in Russia. Catching Fire dominated the market in its debut, securing a commanding lead in the per-screen average category with a market-leading $12,264 average.
Last Vegas had a moderate hold in second place with a $1.6 million tally. The comedy starring a strong cast of veteran actors has already grossed a successful $5.4 million in the market. Horror reboot Carrie tumbled 67% from its opening weekend for a $1.5 million take in its second frame. Carrie's two-week total stands at $7.7 million.
Thor: The Dark World suffered a 71% drop in the shadow of Catching Fire. The Thor sequel grossed $1.4 million over the weekend and has earned a total of $34.6 million in the market.
Disney's Delivery Man, a remake of French-langauge Canadian film Starbuck, opened day-and-date with North America and couldn't muster better numbers in Russia. The film was yet another flop for Vince Vaughn in North America and settled for a mid-table premiere in Russia with $1.2 million.
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'Thor: The Dark World' Thrives in Russia on November 25, 2013
Russia is the second largest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World. The Thor sequel has grossed a total of $34.6 million in Russia, over twice the $16.4 million lifetime total of the original, and only trails China’s $48.3 million take. Thor: The Dark World is currently reporting a $381 million overseas cume and $548.8 milliom global total.
'Gravity' Reaches $21.1M on November 25, 2013
Gravity floated to a $21.1 million cume in its seventh weekend in Russia. The sci-fi film has grossed $331.5 million overseas and a total of $577 million worldwide. Russia is the fifth most important overseas market for the film, trailing France ($42.8M), China ($35.5M), the U.K. ($31.4M), and South Korea ($27.9M). Gravity’s numbers in Russia suffered from a heated competition against Stalingrad, a domestic IMAX release that broke the country’s box office record for a domestic film with a $51 million haul.
'The Hunger Games Catching Fire' Enjoys a Bright Russian Debut on November 25, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nearly outgrossed the lifetime total of the original after a $10.8 million premiere put the film front and center at the Russian box office. The first installment in The Hunger Games franchise opened with a $6.6 million bow en route to a $13.3 million cume. The sequel is set to exceed the original’s total in the coming week.
'Delivery Man' Delivers Familiar Results for Vince Vaughn in Russia on November 25, 2013
Vince Vaughn isn't a very bankable star in Russia, an overseas market where comedies tend to be hit-or-miss. The star's latest comedy vehicle, Delivery Man, a remake of the French-language Canadian indie Starbuck, opened on par with Vaughn's previous outings in the market.
Vaughn's last comedy, The Internship, tanked in North America and abroad with a $94 million global gross. Unfortunately for the actor, it doesn't appear as if Delivery Man will be able to deliver better results.
The comedy sank in North America with an $8.2 million bow and failed to make an impact in Russia with a $1.2 million take. The opening weekend is on par with similar comedies starring Vaughn: Couples Retreat is the actor's best Russian performance with a $1.6 million bow and $4 million cume; The Watch opened with $1.3 million and finished its run with $3.2 million; and The Internship took in $1 million in its debut this summer before closing with a $3.2 million haul.