Magazine article Screen International

Russian Cinema Reports Tough 2012

Magazine article Screen International

Russian Cinema Reports Tough 2012

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Domestic films in Russia suffered a 2.1% dip at the box office in 2012.

Russian films accounted for just 13.8% of the country's total box office of $1.35bn (40.5bn rubles) over the 12-month period.

Russia's leading film studios accounted for only 7.5% of that figure, according to analytical agency Romir Movie Research.

However, the country's total box office takings in 2012 grew by 15% year-on-year, up from $1.16bn (35.2bn RUB) in 2011

The domestic results prove disappointing for the government, which had hoped to secure an 18.2% share with Russian movies in total box office.

Analysts claim that one reason behind the poor results is the poor performance of Russian blockbusters at the domestic box office, including those backed by the National Film Fund.

According to leading producer Sergey Selyanov, piracy has significantly hurt local productions and claims it is easier to watch Russian movies on a home computer than most Hollywood blockbasters. …

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