Russian New Year's Themed Comedy Tops Holiday Box Office

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The third installment of the 'Yolki' franchise, produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs, outdid all other holiday local and Hollywood releases

MOSCOW – The third installment of Yolki (Christmas Trees), produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs, became the New Year's holidays' box office champion.

According to the Russian web site FilmPro, Christmas Trees 3, a holiday-themed comedy almanac released on Dec. 26, has already grossed $32 million (1.06 billion rubles) to date, outdoing all other local and Hollywood New Year's releases.

This is also the second highest among all movies that were in theaters over the holidays, after The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which was released in Russia on Dec. 18 and has grossed $41.6 million (1.38 billion rubles) to date.

The performance of Christmas Trees 3 has already surpassed that of the franchise's first two installments. Christmas Trees, released in late 2010, grossed $21.1 million (700.9 million rubles), and its sequel's grossed $25.2 million (836.6 million rubles) a year later.

Meanwhile, Bazelevs expects the franchise's third installment, which is still in theaters, to become Russia's second highest grossing local movie of all times, after 2013's box office champion, Fyodor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad.

"There are all reasons for that," Ruslan Tatarintsev, general director of Bazelevs' distribution wing, said in a press release. "Although the movie has been in theaters for a while now, over its third weekend, it will be still on 1,450 screens at 870 theaters."

Until last year, another Bazelevs release, Ironiya Sudby. Prodolzheniye (The Irony of Fate. Sequel), remained Russia's top-grossing local movie of all times for six years.