Arnold Shwartzeneger and Jackie Chan are featured in this sequel to the cult classic Viy.

Russia’s Top Movies: September 2019

Published: October 4, 2019

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.

Тайна печати дракона – Viy 2: Journey to China – $4,854,266 as of September 30

The English traveller Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters, and even the Dragon King. And what could be more dangerous than meeting Viy, except doing it again? What will be stronger this time, the scientist’s staunch skepticism or the ancient black magic?

Эбигейл – Abigail. – $1,646,121 – showings ended Sept 15, 2019

This steam punk fantasy follows a young girl living in a quarantined town. Her father perished in what was billed as a strange epidemic – but it turns out that the government had simply taken all citizens capable of magic away – so that only those in power would have those abilities. But now Abigail is showing signs of magic – and of being hunted by the government.

ГеройThe Hero – $1,464,886 as of September 30

15 years ago, Andrei, under the guidance of his father, Colonel Rodina, was trained as a teenager in a secret school for the Foreign Intelligence Service. When the pilot project was closed, Andrei burns his bridges, remains in Europe, and leaves the past behind. But one day his father calls, whom everyone thought dead. His father warns him that someone is out to kill Andrei, but who gave the order is unknown. Fleeing, he finds Masha, with whom he studied at the special school. Through love and betrayal he will learn just how ruthless espionage can be…

Одесса – Odessa $1,252,310 as of September 30

In August, 1970, a married couple arrive in Odessa to visit relatives when the city, full of holidaymakers, is quarantined because of a cholera outbreak. Suddenly facing real danger, family secrets are revealed as the family lives through the incredible events. The movie is based on real events.

Дорогой папаRich Daddy – $602,225 as of September 30

Vadim Dyumin controls a major retail chain and is used to getting his way by any means. Charm and a well-thought-out plan help him find a Chinese investor who is ready to become a partner and expand the business further. But then Vadim’s mother, who owns most of the company, dies, and Vadim discovers that her shares have been left not to him, but to his daughter, whom he abandoned when she was just two years old.

Now Vadim must go to his small hometown, find his ex-wife and daughter and convince them to abandon an inheritance of … about half a billion dollars. Vadim is sure that his charm and manipulations will work, but soon finds his daughter is immune to them and that money is not the dearest thing on earth.

БитваBattle$543,286 as of September 30

Street dancer Anton is rapidly building a career with his art. His team wins every battle and he is a recognized choreographer. However, an accident takes Anton’s hearing, and with it, all his hopes. Caught in an unfamiliar world of silence, Anton gradually realizes that this is not the end. His passion for dance and performance – and his desire to compete – eventually lead him to a new path to his cherished dream. And his main battle is yet to come.

ЖараHeat$349,042 as of September 30

Russian pop stars fly to Baku to the Heat Music Festival. Among them is Dasha Steklova, a talented young performer. Dasha does not want to play by the rules and longs for creative freedom. In Baku, having quarreled with her producer (and sometime-boyfriend), she is suddenly on her own in a fabulous city, with breathing music and sun, she will find adventure, romance, and the means to realize her dreams and become truly happy.

Команда мечтыDream Team$291,970 as of September 30

Sports commentator Stepan Vershinin is fired due to his hot temper. In search of a new job, he finds himself in youth equestrian competitions, where he Artur and Katya, a pair of young jockeys, and a modern-day Romeo and Juliet who are given a choice between winning and continuing their relationship. Vershinin himself will also have to find the answer to the most difficult question, what is more important for him – his family or his career?

СестренкаLittle Sister$155,808 as of September 30

Yamil is a young Bashkir, one of the many minorities of the USSR. WWII has been raging around him for as long as he can remember. His father is a nearly mythical figure to him, as he has been away at the front nearly all Yamil’s life. One day, his mother brings home a silent girl named Oksana, a Russian orphan, and says that his father says that they are to take care of her as their own. Yamil will go to great lengths to ensure that happens… This film was shot in Bashkir and Russian and shown with Russian dubbing in theatres outside of Bashkortostan, where the language is widely spoken.

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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