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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shipwreck Makes Splash In Moscow




Moscow's movie theaters have had little trouble selling tickets costing up to $28 to the Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic," as Russians join in the international craze that has made the seafaring legend the first film to bring in more than $1 billion in worldwide box office sales.


Russians have in recent years abandoned movie theaters in favor of watching cheap, bootleg videos in their own homes. But the allure of the much-touted special effects of "Titanic," which cost $200 million to produce, has proved irresistible for many -- even though pirated copies of the film sell for about 30 rubles ($5) at virtually any video kiosk.


At Kodak Cinema World, the city's fancy American-style movie house, 50,500 people saw "Titanic" during its monthlong run, a theater representative said. Viewers paid anything from 30 rubles to 170 rubles, depending on the day of the week and the time of day.


"There were practically 100 percent full houses for all the showings," said Anna Yegorova of Kodak Cinema World's marketing department. "People were very sorry that we stopped showing it."


She added that the tickets were "a little more expensive than tickets to other movies because it's a very long film -- it goes three hours and 20 minutes."


While Titanic has left the Kodak Cinema World, it has already dropped anchor at the Dome Cinema and starts Friday at the Cinema Center.