Imax Touts Profit for First Russian Release With 'Stalingrad'

Alexei Timofeyev

The company is looking to release more Russian films in the format.

Stalingrad, the first Russian film distributed internationally in Imax theaters, turned in a profit thanks to exhibition in the U.S. and China, the company announced. 

"We are happy about the outcome," Imax theater development vp John Schreiner was quoted as saying by the Russian business daily Vedomosti, adding that the company considers Stalingrad as one of its most successful investments in non-Hollywood movies.

He did not provide any Imax box office data for Stalingrad. Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Stalingrad was Russia's highest grossing movie of 2013 and the first non-Hollywood release to top the local box office in Russia's recent history, grossing $51.7 million.

Meanwhile, another Russian film, Ekipazh (Crew), which is currently in production and is slated for release in April 2016, has been selected for an Imax release.

The $8 million remake of the 1979 Soviet catastrophe movie, directed by Nikolai Lebedev, is being produced by TRITE, broadcaster VGTRK and distributor Central Partnership.

Imax did not reply to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

According to the Vedomosti report, Imax is currently in the process of selecting another Russian movie, and the historical drama Duelyant (Duellist) from Stalingrad producer Alexander Rodnyansky is high on the list.