Russian Film ‘Day Watch’ SHATTERS Box Office Records!

In the days leading up to the February 17 U.S. bow of Night Watch (review) (NOCHNOI DOZOR), the second installment in this epic fantasy horror trilogy, Day Watch, has just shattered box office records in its native Russia. When ‘Day Watch’ premiered in Moscow on January 1, more than 4,000 people were in attendance and an additional 1,000 had to be turned away. The opening day box office was the biggest ever at $2.1 million. The three-day cume was an incredible $7.8 million. Currently ‘Day Watch’ is poised to reach $30 million in Russia making it the new record holder for biggest box office. Read on for the full release…
“NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR)” TRILOGY POISED TO SHATTER RUSSIAN BOX OFFICE RECORDS

NIGHT WATCH opens February 17 in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

HOLLYWOOD, CA January 5, 2005 – In the days leading up to the February 17 U.S. bow of NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR), the second installment in this epic fantasy horror trilogy, DAY WATCH, has just shattered box office records in its native Russia. When DAY WATCH premiered in Moscow on January 1, more than 4,000 people were in attendance and an additional 1,000 had to be turned away. The opening day box office was the biggest ever at $2.1 million. The three-day cume was an incredible $7.8 million. Currently DAY WATCH is poised to reach $30 million in Russia making it the new record holder for biggest box office.

NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR) was dubbed the “First Russian Blockbuster” when it broke box office records with its Russian release in July 2004. After much anticipation, it will begin a platform release by Fox Searchlight Pictures on February 17, 2006. DAY WATCH will also be released by Fox Searchlight later in 2006.

“LORD OF THE RINGS and THE MATRIX have a true successor… NIGHT WATCH is on its way and the bar has been truly raised…extraordinary filmmaking.” – Danny Boyle, the celebrated director of 28 DAYS LATER

“Just after we’ve lived through LORD OF THE RINGS and we can’t even imagine another movie spellbinding us, along comes Timur Bekmambetov’s fantasy masterpiece. Like Ridley Scott, Timur is an astonishing visionary and NIGHT WATCH is an epic of extraordinary power.” – Quentin Tarantino

To view the NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR) trailer, visit the following link:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/nwnd/

Set in contemporary Moscow, NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness — the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. But, an ancient prophecy is about to come true: a powerful “Other” will rise up, be tempted by one of the sides, and tip the balance, plunging the world into a renewed war between the dark and light, the results of which would be catastrophic. NIGHT WATCH (NOCHNOI DOZOR) was the official Russian contender for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2004 Academy Awards.

Source: Fox Searchlight