Horror dominated the Russian box office this weekend as director Oleg Stepchenko’s Viy 3D took the top spot, and is on track to achieve the highest 3D opening ever!
We first reported on Viy way back in May last year when the first trailer was released, and it was clear then that this film was set to be pretty big. The trailer promised plenty of fantasy horror, comedy, tons of action and a massive production, and all that appears to have paid off as the film is not only on track to become the biggest ever opening for a 3D film in Russia, but could become their most successful film ever!
THR reported thatViy, which premiered across Russia Thursday, had taken an estimated $17 million (600 million rubles) by Sunday night, producer Alexey Petrukhin said.
A faithful adaptation of Nikolay Gogol’s classic Russian horror story, starring an international cast that includes Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance, as well as Russia’s Alexey Chadov, the film opened to $2.5 million, before adding $3.2 million Friday and $6 million Saturday.
Petrukhin told THR that forecasts for Sunday box office meant the film would likely surpass the opening weekend figure for Fedor Bondarchuk‘s Stalingrad last October. That film, a glossy 3D and Imax picture set during the historic clash between Red Army and Nazi forces in 1942, went on to become Russia’s highest grossing movie ever, with around $66 million.
Viy 3D is based on a novel written by Gogol, the classic Ukrainian-born Russian writer of the 1800s, was last adapted for the screen in Russia by Georgy Kropachev and Konstantin Ershov in 1967. The new film, which shot on location in the Czech Republic, reprises the classic story of an ancient evil force that is awoken deep in the bowels of a monastery after the death of a beautiful maiden.
Viy 3D is directed by Oleg Stepchenko, and is based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol. Aleksandr Karpov adapted the script, and the cast includes Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Viktor Bychkov, Emma Cerna, Aleksey Chadov and Anna Churina.
Early 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods. Nothing but chance and heavy fog could bring him to this cursed place. People who live here do not resemble any other people which the traveler saw before that. The villagers, having dug a deep moat to fend themselves from the rest of the world, share a naive belief that they could save themselves from evil, failing to understand that evil has made its nest in their souls and is waiting for an opportunity to gush out upon the world.