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Stalingrad Premieres Big in U.S.

Film opens on 308 IMAX screens across the country.

Published: March 6, 2014 (Issue # 1800)



  • Filmgoers purchasing tickets at IMAX theater showing Stalingrad at a Los Angeles suburb.
    Photo: Ali Sar

HOLLYWOOD The much-anticipated unveiling of Stalingrad captured the movie-going publics attention in the U.S. as Sony Entertainment released the Russian war epic on 308 IMAX screens throughout the country last weekend.

From movie houses in suburbia to the historic Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, theaters across the country were filled with foreign film buffs. The 308-screen opening represented a sea change on a market where foreign films are typically relegated to a small number of art houses. Its one for the record books, said one cinema exhibitor.

Related: 'Stalingrad' Lands in U.S.

Filmed at a cost of $30 million, with St. Petersburg providing the locale for key battle sequences, Stalingrad has already grossed more than $120 million with key openings across major movie markets around the world yet to come in the near future.

The hefty IMAX admission price of $19.50 per person in the U.S. is expected to contribute to the films takings in a big way.

Sony is spending big bucks to promote the movie. The booking of a foreign film at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles is, in and of itself, a rare accomplishment in the industry-driven town.

A Sony marketing executive told The St. Petersburg Times that the studio has high hopes that Fyodor Bondarchuks film will set a precedent for foreign films to achieve mass release across the country.

The $30 million film represents the first fully 3D Russian movie and the first non-American movie shot for IMAX 3D.

Related: Stalingrad Hits Big for Glavkino

The Battle of Stalingrad lasted for months and the Russian victory in 1943 led the way for the Allied victory in World War II.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburgs answer to the United States popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genres authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBAs newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is Handmade in Germany, an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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