Russia Box Office: Hollywood Dominates, No Local Film Seen Making Top 10 of 2015
The last time no homegrown Russian film made the top 10 for a full year was in 2003.
The list of the top 10 films at Russia's box office for 2015 to date is full of Hollywood movies, and analysts expect that no homegrown release will be on the final list at the end of the year.
Until this past weekend, the Russian animated film Tri bogatyrya: khod konyov (Three Heroes: A Gambit), released during the New Year holiday season, was still in 10th place with a gross of $17.1 million (962 million rubles).
But as the weekend's preliminary figures were reported early in the week, it became clear that The Martian's gross had overtaken that of the local film. The Martian now stands at $17.2 million (1.06 billion rubles), a figure set to go up higher as the movie is still in theaters.
The only major local release scheduled to hit the theaters before the end of the year is the $18 million fantasy film On Drakon (He is a Dragon), produced by Timur Bekmambetov's Bazelevs. However, analysts say that the movie's gross is unlikely to surpass the 1-billion-ruble mark, which would put it in the top 10 for the year.
If the predictions are right, 2015 will be the first year since 2003 with no local movie among the year's 10 top-grossing films in Russia. Back then, Russia's top 10 featured only Hollywood releases, and this year, the situation is likely to be the same.
Currently, the Russian top 10 box-office list for 2015 is led by Minions, Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The top 10's other movies are Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Fifty Shades of Grey, Inside Out, Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian.