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.

Движение вверх – Going Vertical– $51.4 million as of February 22, 2018

There are victories that can change the course of history: victory of the spirit, victory of a country, victory of the world. During the fateful 1972 Munich Olympics the USSR basketball team beat, for the first time in 26 years, the “invincible” US team. Nobody even considered it was possible—aside from the Soviet players themselves.

Лёд – Ice – $18.3 million as of February 22, 2018

Nadia has imagined skating on ice to the applause of thousands – performing the most beautiful routine imaginable – since childhood. And Nadia, now a legendary figure skater thanks to her faith and perseverance, is close to fulfilling her childhood dream when she suddenly finds herself in the hospital. However, it is there that meets the hockey player Sasha, who is forced to work as her nurse despite their mutual and immediate hatred. Little did they know that this fight would turn into a story of great love which, despite all the hardship, will help Nadia realize her dream.

Селфи – Selfie – $4 million as of February 22, 2018

Popular writer and TV personality Vladimir Bogdanov is suddenly replaced by a perfect double. The double takes Bogdanov’s job, fame, wife and mistress, using the same gestures, jokes and body language. To make matters worse, the copy handles Bogdan’s duties better than he himself, and it seems that his daughter is the only person who wants him back.

О чём говорят мужчины, продолжение – What Men Talk About, Continued – $3.4 million as of February 22, 2018

In this third installment of the popular What Men Talk About series, Lyosha, Slava, Camille, and Sasha take a trip to St. Petersburg to unwind and escape from the heap of problems they have piled up in Moscow. During their journey, the friends manage to defeat the Germans, bury Uncle Borya, talk to Russian “Oligarch” Mikhail Prokhorov, remember the song from the cartoon, and agree with the conductor that Messi is better than Ronaldo. Oh, and tequila.

Зомбоящик – Zomboyaschik – $2.8 million as of February 22, 2018

In Shakespeare’s time the whole world was a theater; in our days­–zomboyaschik. 30 Stars from the Russian comedy TV channel TNT join forces to combine drama, comedy, action, thrills, science fiction, erotica, and experimental film making into a senseless and merciless mockery that won’t fail to offend everyone. The heroes of Zomboyaschik intrigue, tease, mock and laugh along with the audience, proving that our whole life is “Zomboyaschik.”

 

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.