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.
Чернобыль – Chernobyl – $5,151,461
Aleksey Karpushin is a young firefighter in the city of Pripyat, dreaming of moving with his beloved girldriend Olga somewhere close to the sea. The Chernobyl explosion disrupts his plans majorly and puts at risk both his own life and the lives of those he holds dear.
Майор Гром: Чумной Доктор –
Major Grom: Plague Doctor – $4,342,795
Major Igor Grom is one of the best St. Petersburg police officers – he’s smart, unbribable, and callous towards criminals. But, as every movie hero worth their salt, he’s bound to have a nemesis. And here, it’s The Plague Doctor – a criminal vigilante who kills wealthy criminals, once saved from long sentences by their money. So, whose model of justice will prevail?
Прабабушка легкого поведения. Начало –
Easy Great Grandma – $4,272,057
It’s 1980 and the whole of the USSR is following the Moscow Olympics. Except Vova Rubinstein, a con artist who disguises himself as Soviet pop stars and tries to get rich by arranging fake concerts. He is caught by KGB and recruited as an undercover agent. Now, in order not to go to jail, Vova must fulfill a responsible mission – to find a deadly chemical developed in a secret laboratory on the black market. He does so, of course, disguised as a female prostitute…
Девятаев – Devyataev – $4,210,130
Based on the true story of Soviet pilot Mikhail Devyatayev, who was shot down and captured by the Nazis. With his skills in aerodynamics, he was sent to a heavily guarded secret weapons facility producing rockets known as V2. Despite the heavy gaurd, he was able to escape by stealing a plane. This film is also marketed in English as V2: Escape from Hell.
Скажи ей – Tell Her – $60,883
Two parents, seeking divorce, ask thier son an impossible question: whom does he love more? Although both parents love their son deeply, the divorce is an ugly one. And, to make the son’s choice even more difficult, the Mom plans to immigrate to America. This is a story about choice, about love, about being a parent, and about being a son.