Russian 'Viking' movie to hit screens in UK

Danila Kozlovsky as Prince Vladimir.

Danila Kozlovsky as Prince Vladimir.

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British company bought rights to epic blockbuster’s distribution.

UK cinemas will soon be screening the Russian historical blockbuster Viking. Distribution rights to the movie have been sold to the Arrow Films company in Britain.

The news follows an announcement made in January, revealing that the $20 million movie would be released in more than 60 countries from Germany to South Korea. In April, the UK and Italy jumped on board.

Released nationwide on Dec. 29 last year, Viking – starring Danila Kozlovsky – is about Prince Vladimir the Great who converted Russia to Christianity in 988. The movie ranks among the world’s top ten highest grossing films over the weekend of January 5-8 and outstripped the box office for Hollywood drama Collateral Beauty starring Will Smith, according to the Russian Federal Agency on Culture and Cinematography.

More than five million people have already been to see Viking in Russia alone, generating over 1.5 billion rubles ($26.5 million) in ticket sales.

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