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 – $26,081,688 as of January 24
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 – $10,724,576 as of January 24
This is a movie about firefighters and emergency response workers who come to the rescue when it seems that all hope was already lost.
Серебряные коньки – Silver Skates – $6,484,069 as of January 24
In the winter Petersburg of 1899, two people meet, whose paths normally shouldn’t have crossed. Matvey is a poor son of a lamplighter, possessing silver skates as his only fortune. Alisa is a nobleman’s daughter with an passion for science. Once having met, they start chasing thier dreams together against all odds.
Конь Юлий и большие скачки – Horse Julius and Big Horse Racing – $4,525,594 as of January 24
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.
Обратная связь – Feedback – $3,236,912 as of January 24
On December 31, old friends gather once again at a suburban house to celebrate New Year. However, it turns out, the New Year’s eve is full of surprises. This movie is a sequel of Громкая связь (2019). Both of them feature Квартет И, a popular Russian theatrical group.