The new Russian Movie Stalingrad (2013) broke box office records in Russia this weekend!
Fyodor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad, Russia's entry for the best foreign-language category at next year's Academy Awards, has now become the highest-grossing film in the country's history. Stalingrad brought in $38.49 million in Russia as of this weekend, beating the romantic comedy The Irony of Fate 2, which earned $38.46 million back in 2007.
Stalingrad is a love story that is set in 1942 in the eponymous city on the Volga River, a site of one of the bloodiest battles fought between the Red Army and the Nazis. The film is Russia's first IMAX 3D production, and was made on a budget of $30 million as well as was partially funded by the state. However, despite its success at the box office, Stalingrad received rather mediocre reviews in the Russian press and only scored a 4.6 out of 10 on IMDb a film website.