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Russians love Taylor Kitsch's John Carter

Taylor Kitsch's new out-of-this world action film John Carter has smashed opening day box office records - in Russia.

The much-hyped movie was less than impressive at the box office when it opened at midnight on Thursday (08Mar12), but it grossed an estimated $6.5 million in Russia, making the film the biggest opener in the country's history.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Carter is also enjoying swift business in Hong Kong and Thailand.

The film is expected to challenge The Lorax for the top spot at the box office this weekend (09-11Mar12).

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