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.
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. Дуэлянт—The Duelist—$2.5 Million as of October 4 (1 weekend)
Set in 19th century Czarist Russia, the story revolves around Yakovlev, a retired army veteran, who makes a comfortable living by settling other people’s duels, a common practice of the era. An enigmatic, focused, and extremely skilled professional, he leaves a trail of dead bodies behind him as he swirls through polite society, frequently called upon to wield a pistol as a surrogate in duels at dawn. Yakovlev shoots for the money, but what really matters to him is his honour and status. His fate changes when meets the naive young Prince Tuchov and his beautiful sister, Princess Martha.
2. Жених—The Groom—$6.8 Million as of October 4 (3 weekends)
Helmut, a German man, arrives in Russia to marry his Russian sweetheart, Alyona, whom he met in Berlin. They travel to travel Alyona’s home village to meet her relatives. However, Alyonas’s ex-husband, Tolia, shows up, with the intention to win back his former wife. Romantic rivalry ensues with interference from friends, relatives, and the very colorful villagers.
3. Все о мужчинах—All About Men—$1.1 Million as of October 4 (3 weekends)
A film about what it means to be a man—and about how different men can be.