TheRussian film industry has another hit film on its hands.

TheState Councillor (Statsky Sovetnik) opened at the top of the Russian box officeover the weekend, grossing $2.5m in Russia and the CIS for distributor KaroPremier. It also opened top in Ukraine with $238,400 for Kinomania.

Thesuccess follows recent Russian successes this year including The Escape,Shadowboxing and Russian box office record holder Turkish Gambit -all of which continue to feature on the Russia & CIS table.

TheState Councillor,directed by Russian actor Filipp Yankovsky, is the third film based on a seriesof crime novels by Boris Akunin.

Theresult comes as's launches two new charts in its GlobalBox Office section: a top 20 table representing Russia and the Commonwealth ofIndependent States (CIS) - excluding the Ukraine - and a separate top 10 forthe Ukraine. The charts are provided by Russian Film Business Today ( section now features charts for 28 international territories in addition tothe international and North American top 30s.

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