Russia Box Office: 'Crew' Hits No. 1 in Debut With $7.3M

Courtesy of Central Partnership

The year's most anticipated local title easily outperformed Hollywood competition.

Nikolai Lebedev's disaster movie Ekipazh (Crew), the year's most anticipated local release, easily came in at No. 1 at the Russian box office over the weekend.

Distributed by Central Partnership, the $21 million pic grossed $7.3 million.

Crew is a remake of Alexander Mitta's 1979 movie of the same title, which was one of the Soviet era's most commercially successful pics. It focuses on an international flight's pilots' efforts to save the passengers following a disaster in a small town in the mountains.

Disney's The Jungle Book fell to second place after two weekends on top. Jon Favreau's rendition of the Rudyard Kipling classic grossed another $1.9 million for a cume of $17.5 million.

Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War slipped to No. 3. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's action-adventure took in $671,000 in its second outing for a cume of $3.2 million. The Huntsman's disappointing run continued as its gross was 66 percent down from the opening weekend.

The French/Belgian family animation Robinson Crusoe dropped to fourth place. The pic grossed $323,000 million in its second frame for a cume of $1 million.

Disney's animated tentpole Zootopia returned to the top 5 at No. 5. The movie took in another $153,000 for a cume of $31.8 million and remains the year's highest-grossing pic to date.