TwentiethCentury Fox International is establishing a theatrical and home entertainmentventure in
GeminiFilm's Russian office, which had been Fox's partner in
Fox will distributeGemini titles in
Fox'sInternational co-presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus noted that Fox would "actively seek to produce andacquire Russian movies for distribution, both within
Geminireleased Fox's current hit Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which took $8.58m during its openingweekend, breaking the Russian records for a Fox film, an animated film, and anon-Russian film.
The firstTwentieth Century Fox Russia release will be local production Piter FM on April 20, followed by X-Men: The LastStand on May 25.
"We arevery excited about the launch of our Russian operation," said Christian Grass,executive VP,
GaryFerguson, senior VP of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International,noted that piracy was still "a huge concern for the
Fox hadalready made inroads in the Russian film industry with its internationalacquisition (outside of