The space disaster film “Salyut 7”, which launched in Russian theatres on October 12, became the top-grossing film on its opening weekend (October 12–15), with a revenue of 246,543,281 rubles.
In the CIS countries, the film grossed 256,079,440 rubles. Premium format revenue is comparable to that of studio releases (3D premium – 40%, IMAX – 11%, or over 26 million rubles). In addition, the film demonstrated the highest per copy revenue for the weekend among all the broad distribution films.
About 852,298 people have watched the film by CTB Film, Lemonfilms Studio, and Rossiya TV during the first four days of its release. In Russia, “Salyut 7” was shown in 1,349 theatres in 755 cities. The number of viewers throughout the CIS countries was 902,100.
The film was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats. For the IMAX Corporation, this is the fifth Russian film that has been converted to the IMAX format. The picture and sound have been specially adapted using the IMAX DMR (Digital Re-Mastering) process.
Sergey Selyanov, producer: “The results of the opening weekend align with our expectations. Perhaps even exceed them by about five percent, and that’s always a good thing. Naturally, we’re happy by the large number of positive, even enthusiastic reviews. We expected this sort of dynamic. The film was aimed, among other things, at an adult audience, who, by and large, prefers watching movies on the weekend. We expect the film will bring a steady revenue flow over the next five weeks.”
Olga Pilnikova, IMAX marketing director in Russia and CIS countries: “IMAX is very closely linked to the topic of space exploration, and we have many documentary and feature films about space in our portfolio, for example Space Station 3D (2012) and A Beautiful Planet 3D (2016) by Toni Myers, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014). We were eagerly anticipating the time when Russia would make a large-scale “space” film suitable for converting into the IMAX format. “Salyut 7” is a perfect fit for IMAX theatres: the topic, the level of detail, special effects, the drama—all that contributed to the steady launch and excellent box-office success in IMAX theatre on its opening weekend.”
Representatives of movie theatre networks also positively view the success of the opening weekend.
Roman Linin, general director of Cinema Park and Formula Kino network: “It’s not often that we see Russian movies released in IMAX 3D. The release of “Salyut 7” is, undoubtedly, a major event that the viewers will appreciate. The opening weekend box-office revenue is great, so we’re going to be screening the film in the IMAX format for another week. We hope that the word of mouth from the first screenings will bring even more people to the theatres, which will allow the film to remain on screen for a long time.”
Natalia Smirnova, assistant director for Velikan theatre chain scheduling: “The reviews are, for the most part, favourable. The reviews are even better in remote regions, and many viewers express gratitude to the creators. I haven’t seen a single negative review, which doesn’t happen often. More people came on the Sunday than on Saturday, so the word of mouth effect worked as expected.”
Natalia Miloserdova, Grinn Film chain manager: “The audience filled the theatres on Saturday and Sunday, and the film became top-grossing over the weekend. Mostly positive reviews. Many young people bring their parents the next day.”
Vlad Kozlov, independent theatre distribution manager (SPB Grand Palace, Pik, Rzhev Oktyabr): “On the weekend, we saw a large inflow of people, especially among non-regular moviegoers. I haven’t seen a single negative review. Some say it’s the best Russian film they’ve seen in years.”
Anastasia Grebnyuk, distribution director, Bolshoy Movie Theater, Rostov-on-Don: “Starting on the second day of screenings, we’ve seen a steady growth. Last weekend, Salyut 7 made quite a profit for us. Viewers come to our theatres to see not just any movie, but this one in particular.”
“Salyut 7” is based on actual events and tells the story of a 1985 rescue mission to Salyut 7 space station by astronauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh. The mission is widely accepted as the most challenging in the entire history of space exploration. The film opened on October 12. Directed by Klim Shipenko, Producers: Sergey Selyanov, Anton Zlatopolsky, and Bakur Bakuradze. Starring Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Pavel Derevyanko, Maria Mironova, Oksana Fandera, Lyubov Aksenova, Alexander Samoilenko, Vitaly Khaev, and others.
The unmanned Soviet space station Salyut 7, which is in low Earth orbit, suddenly stops responding to commands from the Control Center. A rescue mission is undertaken. The astronauts must find the dead space station and—for the first time in history—dock to 20 tons of uncontrollable metal. Even though the team realized that they have very little chance to return to Earth alive, this risky way is the only solution. They must not only enter the station but also restart its systems. Will two men be able to prevent the disaster and save the planet from the falling station? The rescue mission quickly turns into a dangerous and gruelling task. A detective story in space. The film is based on actual events. The 1985 mission to Salyut 7 is considered to be the most technically challenging in the history of space exploration.
Starring: Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Pavel Derevyanko, Maria Mironova, Oksana Fandera, Lyubov Aksenova, Alexander Samoilenko, Vitaly Khaev, Igor Ugolnikov
Producers: Sergey Selyanov, Bakur Bakuradze, Anton Zlatopolsky
Director: Klim Shipenko
Executive producers: Julia Mishkinene, Natalia Smirnova
Cinematographers: Sergey Astakhov, Ivan Burlakov
Idea: Sergey Samolyotov
Screenplay: Klim Shipenko, Alexey Chupov, Natalia Merkulova, Bakur Bakuradze
Studios: GLOBUS Film, Vita Aktiva Production