Russia Box Office: 'Everest ' Climbs to the Top

'Everest' (Sept. 18)

The gripping 3D Imax drama is based on the 1996 Mt. Everest trek that tragically ended with the deaths of eight climbers, following thrill seekers and guides played by Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington and Jake Gyllenhaal. Everest was directed by Baltasar Kormakur from a script by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy.

The previous weekend's champion 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' slipped to second place.

Everest climbed to the top of the Russian box office this past weekend when it opened in regular theaters following an IMAX-only release the previous week.

The adventure drama grossed 285 million rubles ($4.3 million), according to data from the research company Movie Research, showing the best opening-weekend performance since this year's box office champion, Minions, was released two and a half months ago.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the previous weekend's champion, was in second place, adding 100.6 million rubles ($1.5 million) to its gross.

The Intern debuted in third place, grossing 89.5 million rubles ($1.4 million).

It was followed by Pay the Ghost, which grossed 14.9 million rubles ($227,000) in its opening weekend in theaters.

The Chinese animated film Tu Xia Chuan Qi: Qing Li Chuan Shuo (Legend of a Rabbit: The Martial of Fire), which debuted the previous weekend in fifth place, remained there, adding 12.9 million rubles ($196,000) to its take.

Two local movies, Svyatoslav Podgayevsky's horror film Pikovaya Dama: Cherny Obryad (The Queen of Spades: Black Rite) and Andrei Proshkin's comedy Orlean, made the top 10.