Star Trek Into Darkness came out on top after going head-to-head with The Great Gatsby in Russia. A close battle for the top spot saw both films in a heated competition where Star Trek's higher screen count proved to be the difference. The sci-fi sequel grossed $6.1 million but fell behind Gatsby's market-leading $4,438 per-screen average. The screen count suggests Gatsby could have potentially won the top spot in Russia if it had played in more locations. The new releases saw Iron Man 3 slide to third place after a 76% drop, reaching a $42 million total in Russia. Domestic hockey biopic Legend No. 17 had its first weekend under $1 million in its fifth week in release. The Russian film will have few complaints after scoring an impressive $28.5 million cume in its home country.
Box Office Results for Russia. May 17-19, 2013.
Iron Man 3 faced its biggest competition at the Russian box office this weekend, facing off against big opening days from Star Trek Into Darkness and The Great Gatsby. The superhero film was still able to retain some of its drawing power, however, reaching a $42.2 million total in the Russian market.
Star Trek Into Darkness is poised for a $9M opening weekend according to official sources. The film will likely unseat Iron Man 3 as the top movie at the Russian box office. Star Trek Into Darkness will compete with the opening of The Great Gatsby for the top spot. Both new releases should combine to affect Iron Man 3's screen count and weekend gross, slowing down the superhero film as it nears $50M in the Russian market.
The Great Gatsby showed strong opening day numbers in Russia, bringing in $2.6M in a packed weekend. The Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle faces strong competition from hold-overs like domestic hit Legend No. 17 and Iron Man 3, both films have been dominating the box office in recent weeks. The hot numbers from new release Star Trek Into Darkness will likely prevent Gatsby from getting the weekend's top spot in Russia.
Iron Man 3 broke the $40 million mark in Russia ahead of the weekend. The superhero film will face its first serious challenge at the Russian box office this weekend with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. This will be a vital weekend for Iron Man 3 in Russia as it sets its sights on the $50 million mark.