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FIRST NUMBERS: 'Oz' Opening Weekend Should Surge Past $15 Million on March 10, 2013

oz_shot.jpgNumbers are still coming in, but Oz: The Great and Powerful is averaging just under $5 million per day in Russia over the weekend, which when combined with the nearly $2 million it made during Thursday shows should drive the total opening haul past $15 million. That alone is almost enough to rank it as one of the country's top 20 grossers of the year. (Last year's #20, Brave, made a total of $16.1 million.) Expectations for Oz are higher, but the film seems likely to follow the arc of last summer's Men in Black III, which launched to $16.9 million in Russia and went on to make a total of $36.5 million.

Russian Crew in California Shooting Historical Epic 'Fort Ross' on March 09, 2013

fort_ross.jpgThe San Francisco Chronicle reports that a Russian film crew has traveled to California's Fort Ross, roughly 90 minutes north of San Francisco, to shoot an expensive time travel epic typing together the little-explored histories of Russia and the fledgling United States in the early 1800s. At the time, Russia still controlled much of Alaska -- the territory's gold rush was still decades away -- and seemed as though the Tzar would be a permanent presence in North America. Fort Ross follows a Russian film crew who gets sent back in time to 1820 where they must help a Russian settlement and a local Indian tribe defend themselves against pirates. Director Yuri Moroz (Dark World) and writer Dimitri Poletaev built a replica of the Fort in Russia, but flew to California to film scenes near the Golden Gate bridge. "The factual part is all true," says Poletaev, adding, "Parts of it will look like Indiana Jones." 

2013 Nika Award Nominees Announced on March 07, 2013

nika.jpgThe Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences has announced its nominees for the annual Nika Awards, Russia's version of the Oscars. (The Golden Eagle, a younger, competing award show, is akin to the Golden Globes.) This year's most-lauded nominee is Andrei Proshkin's Horde, which racked up 11 nominations in everything from Best Picture to Best Sound. Popular hit White Tiger made a dent, as did best actor contender Danila Kozlovsky of Soulless,who will make his American debut in the fantasy romance Vampire Academy. The Nika will be awarded in Moscow on  April 2nd. A full list of nominees is below:

 

 

 

 

Best Feature Film
The White Tiger
Conductor
Kokoko
Horde

Faust

Best Director
Aleksei Balabanov - I Want
Andrei Proshkin - Horde
Alexander Sokurov - Faust

Best Screenplay
Yuri Arabs - Horde
Yuri Arabs - Faust
Michael Segal - Stories

Best Cinematography
Bruno Delbonnel - Faust
Gennady Karyuk - Atonement
Oleg Mutu - In the Mist
Yuri Paradise - Horde

Best Supporting Actor
Vladimir Yepifantsev - For Marx
Andrey Panin - Atonement
Oleg Tabakov - Groupie

Best Supporting Actress
Tatiana Drubich - The Last Tale of Rita
Olga Lapshin - Live
Inga Oboldina - Conductor

Best Actor
Anton Adasinsky - Faust
Danila Kozlovsky - Soulless
Maxim Sukhanov - Horde

Best Actress
Anna Mikhalkov - Kokoko
Ian Troyanov - Live
Rose Khairullina - Horde
Maria Shalaev - I'll Be There

Best Music Score
Alex Aigi - Horde
Edward Artemiev - Atonement
Zemfira Ramazanova - The Last Tale of Rita
Andrei Sigle - Faust

Best Sound
Maxim Belovolov - Horde
Vladimir Golovnitsky - The Fog
Gulsara Mukataeva - White Tiger

Best Design
Elena Zhukova - Faust
Viktor Petrov - Spy
Sergei Fevralev - Horde

Best Costumes
Dmitry Andreev, Vladimir Nikiforov - White Tiger
Natalia Ivanova - Horde
Lydia Kryukov - Faust

Best Documentary
Love Arkus - Anton Near Here
Victor Kosakovsky

 - Hail to the Antipodes!
Marina Razbezhkina - Winter, Go Away!

Best Animated Film
Michael Aldashin - Immortal 
Ivan Maximov - Long Bridge in the Right Direction
Alexei Turkus _ Snowy Rider
Sonia Kendel - Pista Leaves
Maria Mouat - The Tale of the Christmas Tree

Best film of the CIS and Baltic States
The Eternal Return
All Gone 
If all the ...
Heaven - My Abode
The Lonely Island

Discovery of the Year
Director Alexey Andrianov - Spy
Actor Fedot Lions - Horde
Actor Vladimir Svirsky - The Fog

 

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: Russian Films Command the Top Three on March 06, 2013

Last week saw seven -- yes, seven -- new releases hit the box office charts, and the results were heartening to industry observers who've watched Russian films get crowded out of the country's own marketplace. Each film in the top three was a Russian production of co-production, with the naughty comedy What's Happening Men dominating the #1 spot. Behind it were the Moscow subway thriller Metro, now in its second week of release, and the Lenny Harlin co-production The Dyatlov Pass Incident, a found footage horror flick that reimagines the mysterious deaths of a pack of hikers in the Russian mountains. Less fortunate were several smaller U.S. releases like the cartoon Escape From Planet Earth, the Steven Soderbergh drama Side Effects, and the Judd Apatow comedy This is 40. Full box office top ten chart below:

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

What's Happening Men

$4.6M

$4.6M

1

2

Metro

$3.0M

$9.0M

2

3

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

$2.6M

$2.6M

1

4

Escape From Planet Earth

$1.2M

$1.2M

1

5

Side Effects

$766K

$766K

1

6

A Good Day to Die Hard

$631K

$12.0M

3

7

This is 40

$535K

$535K

1

8

The Last Stand

$532K

$2.6M

2

9

The Last Exorcism II

$526K

$526K

1

10

Friends: Naki on Monster Island

$378K

$378K

1

FORECAST: Russian Box Office Expected to Grow 9.6% in 2013 on March 05, 2013

Analyst group Movie Research announced this week that they project the Russian box office will grow 9.6% this year, a hike that will make the country from last year's $1.28 billion haul to $1.4 billion. A large chunk of that growth will come from increased ticket prices, but the analysts also expect to see movie admissions jump by 2.6%. Also on the clime is the proportion of the box office that belongs to local Russian productions. Last year, Russian films made up 15.1% of the total intake, but Movie Research predicts 2013 will see closer to 17.5% -- a positive, but small step in a country that's already discussing implementing strict limits on the number of foreign pictures it will allow in the future. Russia still has great room for growth. In a sprawling country of 142 million, less than a third of its citizens live near movie theaters, and only 10% of those consider themselves frequent filmgoers.


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