Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in Russia that ranked in the top 10 for weekend box-office take.
Холоп – The Peasant – $51,317,881 as of February 23
An ill-behaved, greedy man wakes up in a 19th century Russian village and finds he is a peasant.
Лёд 2 – Ice 2 – $17,175,744 as of February 23
Following on the success of the first film, which brought in $26 million in 2018 as part of a slew of sports-related movies that did incredibly well during Russia’s Olympic hosting year, this sequal specifically breaks the fairy tale as the two lovers face the pain that life often brings to even good people.
Кома – Coma – $2,504,017 as of February 23
This artistic movie is set inside the mind of a man in a coma as he works through his memories, which come to him like rivers, and he tries to find a path back to the real world.
Калашников – Kalashnikov – $909,033 as of February 23
This biopic of the inventor of the Kalashnikov rifle was released just in time for Russia’s Defenders of the Fatherland Day, a holiday celebrating men and military service.
Русские грузины. Фильм первый – Russian Georgians. Part I – $27,130 as of February 23
This artistic documentary details the contributions of Georgians to Russian history. It did not make the top 10 for February, but gets a runner-up position of interest here.