Like 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 – $28.1 million as of November 26, 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.

 

 

Салют-7 – Salyut-7 – $13 million as of November 26, 2017

Based on the true story from 1985, the Salyut-7 Soviet space station, unmanned and in low Earth orbit, suddenly stops responding to signals from mission control. The electrical system fails and gravity causes the station to drift. In order to save the planet from an uncontrolled falling station, two astronauts embark on a mission that could end catastrophically; for the first time in history, they’ll attempt to successfully dock with the 20-ton unguided satellite and bring it back to life. In space, the rescue mission turns into a dangerous test.

 

 

Матильда – Matilda – $8.8 million as of November 26, 2017

The last Russian emperor and the dancer that established the glory of Russian ballet kindled a passion that could have changed Russian history. In the twilight of Imperial Russia, heir to the Russian throne, Nicholas Romanov, finds himself in an affair with prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. But if the ruler of the empire falls in love with a dancer, maddening for her beauty… well, every man eventually encounters a decision that could change the course of his life forever. This film is one of Russia’s most controversial in recent memory. Tsar Nicholas II and his immediate family were recognized as martyred saints by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1981. Orthodox activists, offended by the portrayal of Nicholas as a flawed man performing what the church considers sins, protested. At times these protests were violent, including attempts and threats to blow up theaters scheduled to show the film and burn down the studio that made it.

 

 

Фиксики: Большой секрет – Fixiki: Big Secret – $7.1 million as of November 26, 2017

Fixiki are tiny people. With the power to navigate electric wires and instantly fix any device, they live inside machines and electronics to take care of the technology to make sure everything runs smoothly. One day, an unfinished invention falls into the hands of a mischievous Fixiki. Fire, sparks, and explosions bring the city to the brink of destruction. Can the Fixiki fix it without revealing their BIG SECRET?!

 

 

Мифы – Myths – $0.79 million as of November 26, 2017

Producer and film director Fyodor wagers on a music video for Bratkam, a group from the 1990s. The actor Sergei played every role, from Jesus Christ to squirrels, but fell into a deep depression when he ran out of work. The number one anchorman in the country, Ivan, can’t stop joking – even in everyday life. His girlfriend doesn’t understand why he’s making fun of her at breakfast, in bed, and even at funerals.

By chance, an outsider enters the world of the rich and famous. It turns out that all our preconceived notions about the lives of stars – they’re all myths. In fact, things turn out to be much, much worse. While trying to help the stars solve their problems, our hero falls in love with the wife of the Moscow Mayor and decides to do everything he can to win her.

 

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.