STALINGRAD Smashes Records In Opening Weekend
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!