Thor: The Dark World jumped to a $21.4 million cume to take command of the Russian box office. The superhero film hammered the competition and dominated the market in a weekend where two domestic new releases failed to find traction with audiences. The Georgrapher Drank His Globe Away had a $1.3 million opening in fifth place, while Rasputin settled for a spot on the bottom half of the table with an $868K take.
Domestic hits Gorko! and Stalingrad kept improving over the weekend. Gorko! took second place with a $3.2 million performance that sees its domestic cume improve to $20.6 million. Stalingrad continues setting the bar higher for future Russian releases, increasing its record-breaking total to $50.6 million over the weekend.
Free Birds finished the weekend in third place with a $1.5 million gross that bumps its cume to $5.1 million. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 continued to show that it can run the distance and broke the $10 million mark in its third frame.
The Counselor reached $4.6 million over its second weekend in release. The star-studded thriller will be able to salvage as much as $6 million from Russia in its quest to mollify the damage from its disastrous North American run. Ender’s Game suffered a steep drop in its second frame, falling down to ninth place and reaching a $2.2 million cume. It has been a good year for science-fiction in Russia, but it unfortunately looks like Ender’s Game will qualify as a hard flop in the market.
Top ten films in Russia.
Thor: The Dark World continued to earn big in Russia in its second weekend in release. The superhero sequel reached a $24.1 million cume over the weekend. Gravity reached a $20.7 million cume in Russia over its sixth weekend in release. The sci-fi flick is the best performing genre release of the year thanks to this weekend's performance. The previous top-performing sci-fi film in Russia had been Pacific Rim with $20.6 million. The Counselor dipped below a $1 million box office take but still retained the #5 spot on the chart. The star-studded drama has racked up a total of $4.3 million during its Russian run.
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Thor: The Dark World took the Russian box office with a $7.8 million premiere. The superhero sequel averaged a market-leading $10,222 from 763 screens. The original film had a $6.1 million bow in April of 2011 and went on to gross $16.4 million from the market.
Gorko! slid down to second place after dethroning Stalingrad for last weekend’s top spot. Gorko! finished its second frame with a successful $5.4 million take, bringing its domestic total to $14.9 million. Stalingrad continued to earn in its home country as well; the WWII epic took in $2.7 million to boost its total to a $47.8 million cume. Stalingrad is the most successful Russian film of all time. Stalingrad opened in China this weekend, conquering the box office with a $6.2 million bow. Stalingrad is playing in three markets worldwide and has grossed $59.1 million globally.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is on the verge of matching the $8.2 million lifetime run of the original. The animated sequel has grossed $7.4 million after two weeks in release.
A trio of U.S. releases opened in the mid-table spots. The Counselor fared best in a competitive weekend, taking a $2.3 million bow that would normally place it higher on the list. Free Birds 3D opened slightly behind with a $2.2 million premiere. Enders Game struggled out of the gate in Russia with a $1.1 million debut.
Gravity slid down to the bottom of the chart after a month in release. The sci-fi film is on the verge of hitting the $20 million mark in Russia, a figure that it should reach in the course of its run. Gravity has currently grossed a total of $19.4 million in Russia.
Top Ten Films in Russia.
Thor: The Dark World had a big opening in Russia, posting a $7.8 million in its first weekend in the country. The film improved upon the 2011 original, which enjoyed a $6.1 million bow en route to a $16.4 million run in the country.
The Counselor opened mid-table in the market with a $2 million bow from 960 screens, becoming the film’s top overseas territory in its slow overseas roll out.
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Stalingrad has become the most successful domestic film of all time at the Russian box office. Fyodor Bondarchuk's WWII epic is the first Russian film to be released in the IMAX 3D format and has already grossed an estimated $38.4 million in the country. Stalingrad has been selected as Russia's official entry for the Academy Awards. Stalingrad should overtake the $35.2 million earned by Despicable Me 2 in the coming days.
Gravity posted its first weekend under the $1 million mark. The sci-fi film has performed remarkably well in shadow of Stalingrad's 3D blockbuster run. Gravity has grossed a total of $19.4 million in Russia after four weekends. The Fifth Estate tanked in its Russian premiere with a debut in the $300K range.