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Patriotic Russian drama Dvizheniye Vverkh (Three Seconds), focused on the 1972 Olympic basketball victory of the Soviet team in the final against the U.S., became the box-office champion of the long New Year’s holidays in Russia, beating Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and other Hollywood releases.
Released by Central Partnership on Dec. 28, Three Seconds has grossed 1.4 billion rubles ($24.5 million) through Tuesday and, according to local trade journal Exhibitor’s Bulletin, has the chance to become the highest-grossing homemade movie of all time.
The basketball drama beat Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, which brought in $21.5 million since Dec. 21, as well as the most recent installment in the New Year’s-themed Yolki franchise, produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs ($15.4 million).
Rounding out the top five films in Russia for the Dec. 21-Jan. 8 period were homemade animated film Three Knights and the Egyptian Princess ($12.6 million) and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, which was released earlier in December and ended up with $16.2 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was 2017’s highest-grossing movie in Russia ($40.3 million), followed by Disney’s Russian-language movie The Last Knight ($29.5 million) and Fate of the Furious ($29.1 million).
Three Seconds would currently be seventh in the total box-office ranking for films released in Russia in 2017, although in the country’s official rankings, it will only be on the list for 2018 as most of its run falls into the current year. A homemade movie that made the country’s official top 10 for 2017 was Fyodor Bondarchuk’s Attraction, which landed in eighth place with $18.6 million.
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