RUSSIA: 'Frozen' off to a Hot Start on December 18, 2013
Frozen took $2 million from previews in Russia last weekend, enough to put it in second place for the weekend. That $2 million is included in this weekend's $11.1 million official debut for Disney's latest, marking a strong start in Russia as 2013 comes to a close. The big debut for Frozen is Disney's highest premiere for an animated feature in the market: 21% ahead of Monsters University, 82% ahead of Wreck-it Ralph, 69% ahead of Brave, and 8% ahead of Tangled.
Russian comedy Odnoklassiniki.Ru (Classmates.Ru) came in a distant second place with a $1.7 million bow. The film played in 970 screens for an $1,818 average. Comedy-slash-fantasy-from-a-beer-commercial Ostrov Vezenija, a film about a man stuck in a deserted island with three attractive women, fell from first to third in its second weekend. The Russian comedy took $1.1 million from its first hold to take its domestic cume to $4.2 million.
Captain Phillips didn't find a friendly home in Russia. The thriller has only grossed $3.2 million in the country after two weekends and looks set to sink in the coming weeks after grossing less than $1 million in its second frame.
12 Years a Slave found a positive traction in its limited release debut. The historical drama from director Steve McQueen opened in 390 screens for a $736k total. The critically acclaimed film outgrossed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire over the weekend, with the young adult sequel winding down its run in Russia with $23.3 million in the bank.
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Twelve Years a Slave
Battle of the Year
Any Questions for Ben?
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Ostrov Vezeniya might win the award for best high-concept release of the year. The Russian comedy tells the story of a trio of attractive women trapped in a deserted island with a guy named Roman. The comedy led the box office in its debut weekend, collecting a $2.1 million bow from 726 screens. The Russian film overshadowed the premiere of Captain Phillips in the market. Captain Phillips finished its opening weekend in Russia in third place with a $1.7 million bow, falling behind Ostrov Vezeniya and previews for Disney’s Frozen. Frozen’s previews raked in $2 million from 538 screens.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire added another $1.5 million to its tally over its third weekend. The Hunger Games sequel has now grossed a successful $22.4 million from the market. The Russian franchise Dark World: Balance rounded out the top five films of the weekend with a $1.2 million bow from 1,123 screens.
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RUSSIA: 'Catching Fire' Nears $20M, 'Oldboy' Flops on December 04, 2013
A $5.2 million hold put The Hunger Games: Catching Fire atop the Russian box office for the second consecutive weekend. The sequel is near the $20 million mark with a $19.4 million cume.
Oldboy failed to attract any significant interest in North America, leaving the overseas box office to pick up whatever it could to save Spike Lee’s remake. Oldboy flopped after premiering in 371 screens in Russia, taking a $407K bow and a $1,099 per-screen average –the lowest among all the films on the top ten chart.
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