Arnold Schwarzenegger meets with Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow on January 30, 2013
During a press tour for Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest action film The Last Stand, the former governor of California met with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Russian-U.S. relations. According to Gorbachev, who spoke about the meeting afterward to the Interfax media, Schwarzenegger -- a former soldier in the Austrian military -- was eager to discuss how to further smooth over tensions between Russian and his adopted homeland, the United States. "It's unacceptable to leave them in their present state," said Gorbachev, adding, "I told him that although there has been a certain amount of progress, there are still a lot of problems waiting to be solved." The two men share a history, says the former Russian leader. "It was a meeting between old friends. We have long known each other and took part in many events together when Raisa [Gorbachev's late wife] was alive....And at the end of the meeting we had lunch. A really decent one. Although neither of us can drink at the moment." Earlier, Schwarzenegger held a press conference where he declared his enthusiasm for Russian bodybuilders and vowed to return for the Sochi Winter Olympics held on the Black Sea Coast in 2014. The Last Stand will be released in Russia on 2/21/13.
'Bely Tigr' Takes Top Prize at Golden Eagle Ceremony on January 28, 2013
The National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia lauded Bely Tigr (White Tiger) with its Golden Eagle award in a ceremony this week at Moscow's Mosfilm studio. The World War II drama directed by Karen Shaknazarov follows a Russian tank driver who faces off against a Nazi White Tiger tank. Bely Tigr was Russia's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, but failed to make the short-list. Bely Tiger did not sweep the ceremony. Best Director was awarded to Andrei Proshkin's Orda (The Horde), while acting plaudits were given to actor Danila Kozlovsky for Dukhless (Soulless) and actress Anna Mikhalkova for Lyubov S Aktsentom (Love with an Accent).
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'Hansel and Gretel' Holds On To Top Spot In Russia on January 27, 2013
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters set the tone for its successful international run when it bowed to a substantial $8.4 million last week in Russia. In its second week, the Jeremy Renner fairy tale film dipped 44% from its opening, making $4.75 million in 970 theaters, but still managed to cling to the #1 spot on the charts. Its total cume is now an estimated $15.6 million. The Russian debut of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln wasn't so fortunate, making just $290K across 408 screens. Faring better was the launch of Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad, starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, which earned a strong $2.3 million from 844 screens.
REPORT: 'Life of Pi' Crosses $27 million in Russia on January 26, 2013
Ang Lee's epic drama Life of Pi has earned $27.8 million in Russia in its first three weeks of release, its third-highest international gross by far. Pi opened to $10.7 million during the weekend of 1/3/13 -- nearly 38.7% of its take to date was earned over those first days -- though it dipped sharply in its third weekend with just $1.7 million in receipts, less than a quarter of the weekend's top-grosser Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Life of Pi crossed the $500 million global mark last Wednesday.
'Parental Guidance' Makes Weak Russian Debut on January 25, 2013
20th Century Fox's comedy Parental Guidance opened in 6th place in Russia this weekend with a mere $875K across 677 screens for a $1,293 per-screen average. Comedies are historically a tough bet in international markets and star Billy Crystal's international fame doesn't seem to have helped boost sales. Among other opening films, Parental Guidance was heavily defeated by the more action-oriented Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters ($8.4 million) and Django Unchained ($5.5 million), and narrowly topped the 3D re-release of Monsters Inc. ($849K) and the Wayan Brothers' slapstick horror comedy A Haunted House ($593K). Striking, however, is the per-screen success of A Haunted House. Across 241 screens, it managed a $2,462 per-screen average -- double the rate of Parental Guidance and Monsters Inc.