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 – $46 million as of January 28, 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.

Ёлки новые – New Christmas Trees – $15 million as of January 28, 2018

In this latest in the ongoing series of “Christmas Trees” movies (one is made nearly every year for the holidays), the friendship between Zhenya and Boris is 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 peace, 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!

Три богатыря и принцесса Египта – The Three Bogatyrs and the Princess of Egypt – $13.5 million as of January 28, 2018

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 Durilo. 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 one’s deepest desires when you have to face the heroes, their wives, and Princess Nefertiti herself!

Зомбоящик – Zomboyaschik – $1.9 million as of January 28, 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.”

Скиф – Skiff – $0.9 million as of January 28, 2018

A new era is beginning in ancient Eurasia–the proud Scythian warriors have been defeated and their descendants endangered by the ruthless “Ares Wolves” assassins. Embroiled in intrigue, the warrior Lutobor embarks on a dangerous quest to save his family, and along the way he meets Skiff Marten. Although a prisoner, enemy, and a man of a different god, Skiff is fated to become Lutobor’s guide. After a wild journey to meet the last of the Scythians, the duo face almost certain death…

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.