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The Russian figure skating drama Ice, distributed in Russia by Sony, has scored a major theatrical release in China.
The film will open on March 30 on 48,000 screens, which producer Art Pictures Studio says is the widest release to date by a Russian title in the Middle Kingdom.
“As the distributor, we’re proud to present this title that combines a story of female struggle, athletic spirit and romance,” said Aqing Xu, the founder and CEO of AirSpeedPictures, which distributes the movie in China. “We expect at least 5.7 million moviegoers in the first week.”
A romantic drama focuses on a young woman struggling to make an impact in Russia’s highly competitive world of figure skating, Ice was released in Russia on Feb. 14. It has since grossed $25.2 million, which makes it Russia’s highest-grossing movie of 2018 to date.
The movie also has been released in Germany, France, Switzerland and a few other European countries.
The previous record for the widest release by a Russian movie in China was held by Stalingrad, also produced by Art Pictures. It was released in China in October 2013 and grossed $11.5 million.
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