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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.





 


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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of todays seminar is Grammar Practice.


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at Professional Growth, a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmChams Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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