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'Metro' Must Fend Off Two Challengers With Russian Ties on March 01, 2013

whats_happening.jpgLast weekend, the Russian disaster film Metro easily stole the top place on the charts and has sold well all week. But this weekend, it follows intense -- and very different -- competition from two flicks with connections to the country. The biggest rival is the sex comedy What's Happening Man, which tracks a seduction competition between four men who have five days to bed as many women as possible for a half-million dollar prize. The second is the Renny Harlin snow-bound thriller The Dyatlov Pass Incident, which recreates the mysterious deaths of nine hikers in the Russian mountains in 1959. The fatalities initially appeared to be an open-and-shut case of hypothermia, but unexplained injuries and odd circumstances have turned the tragedy into a legend -- and now, into a found footage horror film. Also in the mix this weekend is the Canadian cartoon Escape From Planet Earth, which features the voices of William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brendan Fraser. 

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Premieres in Moscow on March 01, 2013

Oz1.jpgDirector Sam Raimi, James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis traveled to Russia this week to premiere and promote their new film Oz: The Great and Powerful at the Oktyabr Multiplex in Moscow. What made the trip worthwhile was Disney's hopes of slicing off a similar box office take to their last big classic fantasy March release, 2010's Alice in Wonderland, which debuted to an astounding $13.8 million in Russia and went on to earn a total of $42.1 million at the box office. Numbers like that aren't easy to come by in Russia, but the Disney team is certainly giving Oz their best shot, even convincing its lead actresses to pose barelegged outdoors in 21 degree weather. Oz opens in Russia on March 7, a week before its U.S. launch. 

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: Russian Thriller 'Metro' Claims #1 on February 26, 2013

metro.jpgAnton Megerdichev's 3D thriller Dark World made $8.3 million at the Russian box office in 2010, a record the Russian director's follow-up, Metro, will handily beat if the opening weekend box office is any indication. Metro, a natural disaster thriller that made waves on the internet even among the U.S. press when it was announced in 2011, tracks what happens when the Moscow River spills into the city's subway system, the third most heavily used in the world after Tokyo and Beijing. As the Moscow Metro is also one of the most underground in the world -- its deepest station is 276-feet below the surface, over 100 feet lower than NYC's limit -- the flood triggers a disaster in the rest of the city. Metro's $4.5 million haul is slightly less than A Good Day to Die Hard managed last weekend, but the Defender of the Fatherland national holiday on February 23rd may have played a factor. Full box office report below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Metro

$4.5M

$4.5M

1

2

A Good Day to Die Hard

$2.6M

$10.8M

2

3

The Last Stand

$1.9M

$1.9M

1

4

Dark Skies

$933K

$933K

1

5

Beautiful Creatures

$878K

$3.7M

2

6

Snitch

$762K

$762K

1

7

Gladiators of Rome

$540K

$3.6M

3

8

Hitchcock

$483K

$483K

1

9

The Impossible

$398K

$1.5M

2

10

Les Miserables

$267K

$3.4M

3

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: 'Die Hard' Makes Triple the Take of 'Beautiful Creatures' on February 21, 2013

All three big debuts managed to crack the top four of the Russian box office this weekend, but the competition wasn't even close. A Good Day to Die Hard trounced its rivals -- the teen supernatural romance Beautiful Creatures and the tsunami drama The Impossible -- with the overwhelming take of $6.6 million in an otherwise slow weekend. In second place, Beautiful Creatures made $2.2 million, exactly a third of the Bruce Willis actioner, while The Impossible made just $863K to notch itself into fourth place, not enough to beat last week's solid new entrant, the 3D cartoon Gladiators of Rome. The challenge for Die Hard is to cling to the top position next week despite formidable new releases Dark Skies, The Last Stand, and the Russian subway thriller Metro.

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

A Good Day to Die Hard

$6.6M

$6.6M

1

2

Beautiful Creatures

$2.2M

$2.2M

1

3

Gladiators of Rome

$1.1M

$2.9M

2

4

The Impossible

$863K

$863K

1

5

Les Miserables

$809K

$2.9M

2

6

Chinese Zodiac

$748K

$9.0M

3

7

Safe Haven

$560K

$560K

1

8

Parker

$478K

$7.4M

3

9

Warm Bodies

$476K

$5.5M

3

10

Django Unchained

$470K

$15.2M

5

Elijah Wood in Moscow to Promote 'Maniac' on February 19, 2013

maniac.jpgElijah Wood's horror remake Maniac premieres tonight in Moscow, nearly a full month before its theatrical launch on 3/21, and the Lord of the Rings star was in Russia to promote the film, which screened in Cannes last May but has yet to pin down a U.S. release date despite solid reviews. The quirky conceit of the slasher about a disturbed man who pins human faces on his mother's mannequins is that it's meant to feel like a first-person thriller where the audience sees through Wood's eyes. As a result, he explained to Moscow fans that shooting it was "kind of a puzzle," as he had to be visible in mirrors and reflective surface, not to mention figure out his hand movements. Russian tabloids also reported that Wood was very complimentary toward the local women, saying, "I've never seen so many beautiful women in one place! Seriously, it's like a parallel universe!"

Watch the trailer for Maniac:


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