Russia Box Office: 'Ant-Man' Lags Behind 'Minions'

Minions Still 1 - H 2015
Universal Pictures

Minions Still 1 - H 2015

The prequel to 'Despicable Me' became the year's third-highest-grossing film in Russia.

Ant-Man, released on July 16, was unable to outperform Minions, released a week earlier, at the Russian box office during the July 16-19 weekend.

Marvel's fantasy action film grossed 268.1 million rubles ($4.7 million) against Minions' 273.5 million ($4.8 million). The two leaders were followed by Terminator: Genisys, which has been in theaters since July 2.

The top three releases accounted for 87 percent of the weekend's total gross, according to the local industry journal ProfiCinema.

With a gross of just under $25 million to date, Minions has become the year's third-highest-grossing movie after Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Despicable Me's prequel already scored an all-time record for the opening weekend, outperforming the previous champion, Furious 7.

The local release Goroskop na udachu (Horoscope for Luck) took fourth place among the weekend's movies, grossing $561,700. It was followed by the Timur Bekmambetov-produced Cybernatural, which added $333,317 to its gross, which reached $1.5 million.

Hollywood releases accounted for seven movies on the weekend's top 10 list.