Stalingrad, Russia's highest-grossing film of all time, will have a one-week engagement in IMAX theaters, Columbia Pictures announced on Thursday.
The one-week IMAX showing will begin on Feb. 28. Sony is planning to release it in other theaters at a later date.
The 3D World War II epic, which is Russia’s official entry for best foreign language film to the Academy Awards, is the first Russian movie made complete in 3D and the first Russian film to be released in IMAX format.
Following a band of Russian soldiers fighting to hold a strategic building against a ruthless German army, Stalingrad is already a big hit in foreign markets after opening in Russia, China, Poland and Ukraine. It became Russia’s highest-grossing movie of all time when it earned $66 million since opening on Oct. 10. It's also grossed $11.5 million in China after opening in late October.
John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"