Russia Box Office: 'Fantastic Four' Debuts on Top

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However, the movie's gross fell short of projections.

Fantastic Four debuted in first place in Russia this past weekend, grossing 159.2 million rubles ($2.3 million), according to data from the research company Movie Research.

Despite a rather average start, Josh Trank's movie was able to outperform the previous weekend's champion, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which added 99.4 million rubles ($1.4 million) to its take during its second weekend in theaters.

Fantastic Four's performance fell short of a projected gross of 220 million rubles ($3.2 million), while that of Guy Ritchie's spy movie was in line with projections.

Sinister 2 debuted in third place with 70 million rubles ($1 million), followed by Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which grossed 35.5 million rubles ($512,000) in its third weekend in theaters.

With a total gross of 593.9 million rubles ($8.6 million), the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise hasn't come close to the year's top 10 highest grossing movies.

The animated film Ooops! Noah is Gone ... , co-produced by Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Ireland, was in fifth place, becoming a rare European release to reach the top 5 in Russia. It grossed 27 million rubles ($390,000).

As the Russian ruble continued to plunge against the U.S. dollar, box office numbers nominated in dollars look considerably weaker than those of movies released in early summer. Over the last three months, the ruble lost about one third of its value against the dollar.