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.
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.
Thor: The Dark World became the fifth-highest grossing film of the year in Russia after a $5 million weekend pushed the superhero sequel’s cume past the $30 million mark. The Thor sequel has now grossed nearly twice as much as its predecessor’s $16.4 million take.
Carrie opened in 820 screens to take second place, posting a $4.8 million bow and $5,881 per-screen average. The horror film put in a stronger performance than fellow opener Last Vegas, which settled for third place with a $3.3 million debut.
Russian hits Gorko! and Stalingrad continued to enjoy success in their respective runs. Stalingrad reached a $51.6 million total in its home country while Gorko! added $1.5 million over the weekend to reach a $23.1 million domestic cume.
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Russia is the second-biggest overseas market for Thor: The Dark World. The superhero sequel has already broken the $30 million mark in the market, reaching a $31.6 million cume.
Stalingrad is winding down its domestic run, finishing the weekend with a $51.5 million cume in its home country. The WWII historical epic has also been a hit in China, where it entered the weekend with a $10.9 million total. Stalingrad's worldwide total is $65.7 million without factoring in the weekend results from China.
The Counselor reached a $5.3 million cume in its third frame. Gravity reached $20.9 million over its seventh weekend in the market.
Check back later this week for a full report on the weekend numbers from Russia.
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.
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