Hollywood seduces Russians

The Transformers saga has set an impressive record in Russia, becoming one of the five highest-grossing movies in the country’s entire box office history.

­Dark Side of the Moon, the third installment of the Transformers franchise from Michael Bay, has already fetched $45 million, while it is still being released across the country and CIS states.

In fact, Bay’s film had its world premiere in the Russian capital earlier this year when it opened the Moscow International Film festival. The director and the lead actors attended the star-studded festive event.  

With a budget of $195 million, Transformers 3, even without its permanent fixture – bombshell Megan Fox – has raked in $1 billion from around-the-world takings.

The box office leader in Russia, however, appeared to be Oscar winning James Cameron, whose blue-skinned extravaganza, Avatar, collected more than $117.1 million. Cameron’s record was “met halfway” by the Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, which gathered $57 million on the Russian territory.

Animated comedies Shrek Forever After and Ice Age also proved popular among Russians and grossed about $50 million each.

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