Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. In recent years, Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis and COVID, 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: Корень зла – The Last Bogatyr: Root of Evil – $27,632,979 as of February 21
Root of Evil is a sequel of The Last Bogatyr (2017), which was a huge commercial success. Based on the Russian folklore and backed by none other than Disney Studios, this fairy tale keeps bringing many families to the cinema, even in times of the world-wide pandemic.
Огонь – Fire – $12,030,615 as of February 21
This is a movie about firefighters and emergency response workers who come to the rescue when it seems that all hope was already lost.
Конь Юлий и большие скачки – Horse Julius and Big Horse Racing – $4,864,231 as of February 14
For many Russians, watching a new cartoon from Melnitsa Studios became a New Year family tradition. Horse Julius continues the story of the Three Bogatyrs series, which consists of many stories inspired by heroic Russian folklore, although, of course, somewhat modernised. To find more about the series, look here and here.
Родные – The Relatives – $4,385,789 as of February 21
One morning, a father of a Russian family wakes up to a clear realization – this year, he must perform at the major bard song festival, as he’s always dreamed of. There’s only one minor issue – the festival is hosted on the other end of the country. Going there with his whole family sounds like a sound decision to our protagonist – because, well, what can possibly go wrong?
Конек-Горбунок – The Little Humpbacked Horse – $3,764,721 as of February 21
This is a movie adaptation of one of the most beloved Russian fairy-tales, Конек-Горбунок, written by Petr Ershov in the 19th century. Here, a simple guy named Ivan teams up with a tiny magical horse. Together, they tackle the tasks of a cunning Russian tsar, win the love of a beautiful girl, and live happily ever after. For those of you who’d like to practice your Russian, here is the original text of the fairy-tale here too – try it, it’s worth it!