Russia

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: 'Bullet to the Head,' "Texas Chainsaw 3D' Make Weak Debuts on February 12, 2013

gladiators.jpgAs predicted, the Jackie Chan adventure Chinese Zodiac and the Jason Statham shoot-em-up Parker stayed at the top of the Russian charts for the second weekend in a row. The more interesting movement was in the middle of the charts where the Italian 3D cartoon Gladiators of Rome fended off fellow newcomers Bullet to the Head and Texas Chainsaw 3D. Are Russian audiences wearying of action-thrillers? The lingering success of Django Unchained says otherwise, which has held on to a slot in the top ten for four weeks. But the charts are glutted with macho fare, which means Gladiators made for savvy counter-programming. When released in the States, Gladiators will feature the voice of Footloose and Safe Haven's Julianne Hough, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full box office chart below:

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Chinese Zodiac

$2.3M

$7.6M

2

2

Parker

$1.8M

$6.3M

2

3

Les Miserables

$1.7M

$1.7M

1

4

Gladiators of Rome

$1.6M

$1.6M

1

5

Warm Bodies

$1.5M

$1.5M

2

6

Bullet to the Head

$965K

$965K

1

7

Django Unchained

$939K

$14.5M

4

8

Texas Chainsaw 3D

$934K

$934K

1

9

Ticket to Vegas

$337K

$6.6M

3

10

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$287K

$18.7M

4

'Live Free or Die Hard' May Be One of the Last Foreign Films Shot in Russia on February 11, 2013

die_hard.jpgThe Russian parliament is considering restricting the number of foreign films allowed to shoot inside the country in an attempt to boost local production and ticket sales. The bill suggests that movies be divided into three categories -- "national," "co-produced" and "foreign" -- while stipulating that foreign films will be denied filming permits. According to the new definitions, a national film must be at least 60% locally funded with 70% of the cast and crew being Russian. The percentages for co-produced films drop to 40%. Meanwhile, a secondary bill submitted last month demands that foreign films make up no more than 20% of the Russian box office. As perspective, in 2012 foreign films were 85% of the country's movie industry. The suggested change in policy comes the week that Bruce Willis' Live Free of Die Hard -- a foreign film shot mostly in Russia -- opens in the United States. 

RUSSIAN BOX OFFICE: Hugh Jackman Can't Unseat Jackie Chan on February 10, 2013

lesmis.pngLes Miserables made its Russian debut this weekend and grossed an estimated $1.6 million across 470 theaters, the second-biggest opening for a musical in the country since 2008's Mamma Mia. (By coincidence, both films starred Amanda Seyfried.) Still, during this competitive weekend on the Russian charts, Les Miserables' take wasn't enough to place first -- or even second or third. The Hugh Jackman musical is pegged to take 4th place for the weekend with the Jackie Chan adventure Chinese Zodiac holding on to the #1 spot for the second week in a row. Chinese Zodiac made roughly $2 million over the weekend for a total of $7.4 million.

FESTIVAL REPORT: In Berlin, Two Russian Films Compete, 40 Are Up For Sale on February 08, 2013

Berlin.jpgTwo Russian films have been selected for competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, which opened today. The prestigious European festival chose Boris Khlebnikov's  A Long and Happy Life, which tracks a rural activist fighting the government for land rights, and Svetlana Baskova's black comedy For Marx! for two of its highly contested slots. They join a broad slate of big name and unknown Russian films shopping for distribution during the 11 day festival. Among the 40 films looking for a buyer are the hiker horror flick The Dyatlov Pass Incident, directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger), Fedor Bondarchuk's 3D IMAX epic Stalingrad, and Soulless, the $13 million minor Russian hit that stars Danila Kozlovskiy, the burgeoning heartthrob who's just been cast in the most promising post-Twilight teen franchise hit Vampire Academy

'Parker,' 'Warm Bodies' Land High on Russian Box Office, 'Hit and Run' Misses on February 06, 2013

PARKER.jpgTwo Hollywood flicks debuted in the top three this weekend on the Russian charts, with the action thriller Parker trumping the zombie romance Warm Bodies by over a million dollars. Jason Statham's latest earned $3.5 million across 800 theaters for a $4,418K per-screen average, enough to best Warm Bodies' $2.3 million/668 theaters/$3,510K per-screen take on both measures. The Rob Schneider and Jane Lynch 3D prehistoric cartoon Dino Time struggled to make it on the charts, clawing to just #8 on the list with only $400K. But at least it fared better than the Dax Shepard/Kristen Bell road trip comedy Hit and Run, which earned a mere $146K on 219 screens and didn't make the top ten at all.

 

 

 

Full weekend box office list:  

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Chinese Zodiac

$4.4M

$4.4M

1

2

Parker

$3.5M

$3.5M

1

3

Warm Bodies

$2.3M

$2.3M

1

4

Ticket to Vegas

$1.5M

$6.1M

2

5

Django Unchained

$1.4M

$13.2M

3

6

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$1.1M

$18.0M

3

7

Gangster Squad

$751K

$3.6M

2

8

Dino Time

$400K

$400K

1

9

Life of Pi

$329K

$29.7M

5

10

Anna Karenina

$201K

$8.1M

4


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