Russia’s Top Movies: March 2020

Published: April 1, 2020

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.

Холоп – Serf – $49,729,060 as of March 29

An ill-behaved, greedy man wakes up in a 19th century Russian village and finds he is a serf.
In 2020, Холоп became the top grossing Russian movie ever made.

Лёд 2 – Ice 2 – $23,351,680 as of March 29

Following on the success of the first film, which brought in $26 million in 2018 as part of a slew of sports-related movies that did incredibly well during Russia’s Olympic hosting year, this sequal specifically breaks the fairy tale as the two lovers face the pain that life often brings to even good people.

Отель “Белград” – Hotel Belgrade – $6,666,746 as of March 29

Pasha leads a leisurely life of a five-star hotel owner – but everything gets changed when the local mafia, crazy bride and old love all get involved at once…

Калашников – Kalashnikov – $1,809,768 as of March 8

This biopic of the inventor of the Kalashnikov rifle was released just in time for Russia’s Defenders of the Fatherland Day, a holiday celebrating men and military service.

Яга. Кошмар темного леса – Yaga. Nightmare of the Dark Forest – $1,109,016 as of March 15

A young family moves into a house and hires a nanny. Soon afterwards, all sorts of disturbing things begin to happen…
A movie by Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, a Russian director known for mixing the elements of Russian folklore and horror cinematography.

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Alex Sitnikov

Alex holds a BA in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) and is currently on his way to get an MA in Translation. He came to Moscow from Tolyatti to study at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013 and has been in love with the city ever since. In March 2018 Alex joined SRAS to help coordinate student activities in Moscow. When he’s not occupied with that, Alex likes to play guitar, sing, read, play videogames, and make YouTube videos.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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