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Laura Poitras‘ film on the NSA leaker, which was released in Russia on July 9, grossed just over 3 million rubles ($60,200) during its opening weekend, according to the state-run broadcaster VGTRK, which distributes the documentary in collaboration with 24_DOC.
The independent movie database KinoPoisk provided the same figure.
The Snowden documentary’s performance surpassed that of all other foreign and local documentaries released theatrically in Russia since the beginning of this year, including the previous top-grosser, Cobain: Montage of Heck.
Citizenfour also showed the year’s best opening-weekend performance among all films that have had a limited release of under 100 screens and the best start for a political documentary since Michael Moore‘s Fahrenheit 9/11, which was released in Russia in the fall of 2004 and eventually grossed $330,000.
Citizenfour had its Russian premiere last month at the Moscow International Film Festival, where it took part in the noncompetition section Svobodnaya Mysl (Free Thought).
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