'Stalingrad' Marches Record Opening

Fedor Bondarchuk’s war epic captures weekend gross of $16.1 million

LONDON — Fedor Bondarchuk’s “Stalingrad” has broken Russian box office records for a local pic with a weekend gross of $16.1 million.

The 3D World War II action film, which is Russia’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar category, opened on 1,400 screens across Russia. The weekend total including Ukraine was $17.3 million.

The film, which is distribbed worldwide by Sony, was shot on a $30 million budget. It is lead produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, who is one of the producers of “Machete Kills.”

Bondarchuk’s next film will be “The Durov Code,” which is a biopic about the founder of VKontakte, Russia’s Facebook.

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