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.

 

Тренер– Trainer – $13.5 million as of May 27, 2018

National soccer player Yuri Stoleshnikov misses a penalty shot during a critical match. He then decides to leave the national team, end his career, and coach a small provincial team. There, however, he learns how to bring about miracles and finds the strength to believe in himself.

Гоголь. Вий – Gogol. Vii – $7.3 million as of May 27, 2018

The famous historical scribe from St. Petersburg, Nikolai Gogol, challenges a mysterious dark rider threatening girls in the village Dikanka. Having assembled a team that includes a local police officer, a superstitious blacksmith, and a wondering exorcist-philosopher, Gogol tries to trap the villain, but encounters Vii – an evil force that can swallow the soul of a mortal with one mere look. Suddenly, Gogol finds out that he’s inextricably connected to the otherworldly forces.

 Собибор – Sobibor – $4.7 million as of May 27, 2018

This film is based on the true story of events that occurred in Sobibor – one of several death camps the Nazis established in Poland. The film’s protagonist, the Soviet Jew Alexander Pechersky, is a high-ranking army officer soon to become become lieutenant. In October 1943, he’s captured and sent to Sobibor. Within just 3 weeks, Alexander manages to plan the only successful prisoner uprising in World War II.

Смешарики. Дежавю – Mixtures. Deja Vu – $4.2 million as of May 27, 2018

With the help of the “Déjà vu” agency, cartoon hero Kroch decides to give Kopatycha a birthday gift to remember: the ability to travel through time. Unfortunately, due to non-compliance with the terms and agreements, the duo accidentally disrupt the entire space-time continuum…

Танки– Tanks– $1.5 million as of May 27, 2018

On the verge of war with fascist Germany, engineer Koshkin develops a new innovative prototype T-34 tank and the team is sent to Moscow to prove the strength of their new machine. But this soon turns into an unpredictable race – only after passing a series of dangerous adventures, thanks to the flawless technical and fighting capabilities of the new tanks, the heroes manage to defeat their pursuers and prove the superiority of the T-34.

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.