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Media: In 2023, Russian films collected $17.6 million abroad – an increase for the first time since 2020

Vedomosti, citing data from the Film Distributor’s Bulletin, writes that at the end of 2023, Russian films collected $17.6 million abroad. This is 2.8% higher than 2022 fees, which amounted to $17 million.


Box office receipts for domestic films abroad have achieved positive dynamics for the first time since 2020. Moreover, this result was achieved with a smaller number of releases – 46 films in 2023 versus 65 in 2022.

  • The largest box office in 2023 for Russian cinema was brought by the French market – $2.1 million. The lion’s share of this amount was made up of the collections of Russian-French co-productions filmed before the start of the military operation in Ukraine

  • The drama “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Kirill Serebrennikov earned $1.3 million. Another $252,000 – “Captain Volkonogov fled” directed by Natalia Merkulova and Alexey Chupov

  • In addition to France, the top five most profitable markets for Russian cinema included: Mexico ($1.9 million), Peru ($1.2 million), South Korea ($1.06 million) and Bulgaria ($1 million)

  • In 2023, the box office in MENA countries increased. At the end of 2022, the UAE closed the top 10 ($468,000), and in 2023, the total box office in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman almost reached $1 million – this is 6th place in the list

  • From 7th to 10th positions are Vietnam ($891,000), Italy ($861,000), Brazil ($825,000), Israel ($803,000)

  • The top ten included seven cartoons, and one of them, “Cats of the Hermitage,” topped the top; The film’s grosses amounted to almost $5 million, which is 1.5 times more than its Russian gross (297 million rubles)

  • The Chinese market, which over the four-year period 2016–2019 provided almost half of the international box office of Russian cinema (up to $24 million), was not included in the top 10 largest importing countries in 2023

Experts believe that a return to many previous markets – China, Western Europe, the USA, and with them a return to 2019 levels – is unlikely in the near future.


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