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—with the official trailers from YouTube and links to our Russian film site.
Below are films listed with their English and Russian titles (note that they differ sometimes), as well as how much the film has earned to date.
1. Обитель зла 4: Жизнь после смерти—Resident Evil 4: Afterlife
Milla Jovovich (who actually does speak Russian, by the way) is back with her merry band of mutant zombies. Note that “обитель зла” actually translates more closely as “Residence of Evil.” “Обитель” also has religious overtones, so perhaps we could even say “Cloister of Evil.” Muah-ha-ha.
2. Пиранья 3D—Piranhas 3D—$2.9m
Monster fishies can has Russian language? On the Russian charts for the second month in a row…
3. Альфа и Омега—Alpha and Omega—$2.8m
A couple of wolves head to Idaho—via Russia, of course.
4. Американец—The American—$2m
An American hitman abroad is popular in Russia…
… as is a Mexican with gatling guns.