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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

Jackie Chan Conquers Russian Charts on February 06, 2013

Jackie Chan's latest action film, Chinese Zodiac or CZ12, set two Guinness World Records before the film was even released: Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor, and Most Credits in One Movie. CZ12 tracks Chan's attempt to rescue 12 ancient golden zodiac statues worth over a million euros, a quest that ends in Chan dangling over a volcano. The film grossed over $130 million in China last December, earning it the momentum to place #1 on the Russian charts this weekend with $4.39 million in its first week of release. With a screen average of $5,371 over 809, it also had the highest per-screen success of any film in the top ten. Jackie Chan doesn't have many box office smashes in Russia -- Chinese Zodiac ranks among his highest openers -- but that's due to piracy, not his own popularity.  

Watch the trailer for Chinese Zodiac.

International Children's Film Festival Opens in Vladivostok on February 05, 2013

The three-day International Children's Film Festival kicked off in Vladivostok, Russia on February 5th to foster the next generation of Russian directors. More than 1,000 short films were submitted by Russian schoolchildren to compete in several categories including fiction, documentary, TV, cartoons, video clips and public service announcements. The young filmmakers will also meet with professional filmmakers and study in special master classes. Vladivostok is also home to the International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries in September. 


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