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.


Последний богатырь – The Last Knight – $28.8 million as of December 24, 2017

Ivan, a regular guy from modern Moscow, finds himself in the fantastic country of Belogorie (which translates to “White Hills” from the Russian). In this parallel world lives the heroes of Russian fairy tales where magic is an integral part of daily life and disputes settled by the sword. Suddenly, Ivan becomes entangled in the battle between light and dark, and can’t quite figure out the role everyone believes he’s destined to play. This movie is now Russia’s highest grossing domestic hit to date. It was co-produced by Russian film studios Yellow, Black and White and Кинослово in partnership with Village Roadshow and Walt Disney. Films focusing on ancient Russia and Russian folklore are proving very popular in Russia. Russia’s last record breaker was Viking, set in 10th-century Kyiv.

Легенда о коловрате – Legend of the Kolovrat – $10.1 million as of December 24, 2017

Thirteenth century Russia, fragmented, is about to fall to its knees in front of Khan Batu’s Golden Horde. Despite soaking the land with Russian blood, the Mongol invaders have yet to face serious resistance – until encountering the young knight from Ryazan, Yevpaty Kolowrat and his brave warriors. Ready to take revenge out of love for their family and country, his courage will amaze even Batu. The warrior will become a legend, and his name immortalized in Russian history for centuries to come.

Ёлки новые – New Christmas Trees – $2.9 million as of December 24, 2017

December 2017 is going to be HOT! The friendship between Zhenya and Boris almost burned in the fire of family scandal; a very pregnant Snegurochka will travel to Nizhny Novgorod; desperate Galya from Novosibirsk will do anything to spend a night with her beloved physician; and extreme camping in the Pine Forest will be a test of strength for a young hipster from Tyumen and his potential stepfather. Our heroes will fall in love, fight and make piece, perform incredible deeds and get themselves into a whole lot of trouble – only to find the spirit of New Year’s embodied in one brave boy who fled from Khabarovsk to find a new mother in Moscow. Only a miracle can help them… or perhaps the whole country!

Новогодний переполох – New Year’s Alarm – $0.8 million as of December 24, 2017

Surely, it’s been awhile since you’ve played in the snow… But how long has it been since you’ve played with a crocodile? Strangely enough, this is what members of the Morozov estate must do for the sake of their father’s inheritance. And in this serious struggle, they’ll use any means necessary. The middle son, Dima, an incorrigible adventurer, even manages to bring a fake family with him. Only the head of the family, the retired General Gregory Ivanovich Morozov, remains oblivious to the fact that the family was not brought together this year by love for one another.

Три богатыря и принцесса Египта – Three Knights and the Princess of Egypt – $0.3 million as of December 24, 2017

On New Year’s eve, as the Prince prepares to deliver his annual speech and Julia oversees the preparation of the holiday table, the heroes go to visit the friend, Alesha. Along the way, they meet a strange fellow named Durila. It turns out that Durilo is the thirteenth month, disguised as a human, trying to become the most important month of the year. He pretends to be Ded Moroz, plays a couple tricks on the gullible Alesha, makes friends with the heroes and finds himself in Egypt – the land of Pharos and ancient pyramids. But, it’s not so easy to realize his deepest desires when you have to face the heroes, their wives and Princess Nefertiti herself!

Katheryn Weaver is a student of rhetoric and history at the University of Texas, Austin. Her primary areas of investigation include revolution and the rhetorical justification of violence against individuals, state, and society. She is currently studying Russian as a Second Language with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship.