STALINGRAD Smashes Records In Opening Weekend

When the trailers for Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad arrived earlier this year, we sat up and took notice. While Fedor had shown in the past to be a very accomplished director, the massive scale and visual richness of what was shown impressed. No doubt there were plenty of spectacular pictures here, especially when seen in the intended format, which happens to be 3D IMAX.

Pretty pictures or not, the real siege and battles of Stalingrad are still considered to be a sore point in Russian history, for while the German army was eventually repelled, the human cost had been absolutely staggering. To try and base a commercially viable monster production on it sure was a risk, but one which seems to have paid off: Stalingrad has broken all Russian box office records in its opening weekend.

According to Box-office Mojo, the film has scored an unheard-of average of $60,000 for each IMAX screening. There are not that many IMAX screens in Russia though, and combined with all cheaper screens the tally for the first weekend ended at $14.4 million, which is apparently (quoting Mojo) "the biggest debut ever for a local production there."
Even that amount may not seem much by US standards, but films like these have a tendency to play for a long time locally, and this is good news for the investors. Audience ratings and reviews have been favorable as well.

So while we wait for the film to do a world tour, have a look at that trailer!
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  • zlobuster

    I'd like to mention one little thing: since last Thursday "Stalingrad" is the only one movie playing in all the IMAX cinemas in Russia. They removed Gravity. All screenings. And the admission price in some IMAX cinemas can be $48.

  • Artem

    one more remark - one month passed. Today I visited cinima and movie Stalingrad. The cinema room was full, all tickets sold. It's 1 month after release. Do you really think, that some one in Russia want to go not to Stalingrad while it's available?

  • Anton Carpati

    Still waiting for a movie about the mass rapes commited by the beloved soviet liberators.

  • Herge Smith

    It looks very pretty, although everyone looks a lot more well fed than one would expect.

    Presumably this is early in the 800+ day siege of the city, before everyone was eating rats, saw dust and eventually one another.

    EDIT: I'm an idiot. I'm thinking of the Siege of Leningrad. Buffoon.

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