Friday, 27 December 2013

'Stalingrad' Tops Russia’s Box Office for 2013

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It's the first time in the country's post-Soviet period that a local film has beaten out Hollywood to lead the year-end list. 

Fyodor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad has become Russia’s top-grossing movie of 2013, outdoing the third installment of the Iron Man franchise. It's the first time in the country's post-communist period that a local film has beaten out Hollywood blockbusters to lead the year-end list. 

According to the local research group Movie Research, Stalingrad grossed $50.8 million (1.66 billion rubles), topping Iron Man 3's $42.2 million (1.38 billion rubles) Russian total. 

The two leaders were followed by Thor: The Dark World ($35.6 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($35.5 million). Earlier, Stalingrad was celebrated as Russia’s all-time box office champion among local movies, as it outperformed Ironiya Sudby. Prodolzheniye (The Irony of Fate. Sequel), a 2007 release from by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs. The producers of Stalingrad attribute the movie’s success to the "spectacular way" it depicts the WWII Battle of Stalingrad, which helped to attract younger audiences, who normally opt for Hollywood action movies. The film had a budget of $30 million. 

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