Tom Cruise sets up page on Russian social network

Friday, March 22, 2013
Tom Cruise

Hollywood star Tom Cruise greets fans upon his arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Tom Cruise has become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte.

The "Mission Impossible" actor's page appeared Friday, announced by a message on Twitter saying "See you there!" in Russian.

His profile picture is a poster for his new science fiction film "Oblivion," which comes out in Russia on April 11, two weeks before it opens in the U.S.

Cruise's page is a sign of Russia's increasing box office clout. Box office income rose 8 percent last year to $1.3 billion, the ninth-highest in the world, and is expected to grow 9 percent this year.

Vkontakte, which means "In Contact," dominates the Russian social media market with more than 40 million users - about 10 times as many as use Facebook.

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