Russia’s Top Russian Movies: February 2017

Published: March 1, 2017

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.


Притяжение — Attraction — $17.5 million as of February 28, 2017

Attraction tells of an alien spaceship that crash lands in a heavily populated Moscow district. The government declares martial law and the population soon must fight the aliens for control of Moscow.

Гуляй, Вася! — Get Out, Vasya! — $3.9 million as of February 28, 2017

Mitya has met the girl of his dreams and proposed. He now has two problems. First, the father of his new fiancée has taken over the wedding planning and set a date in a very near future. Second, Mitya is already married. Mitya returns home and discovers that getting divorced is harder than he thought, in large part because his hardnosed wife won’t agree to one. So, Mitya, with his friends, the henpecked Pasha and conman Garik, set out to find her a new interest.

Защитники — Guardians — $3.8 million as of February 28, 2017

During the Cold War, a secret Soviet organization called “Patriot” created a superhero squad using extraordinary participants from various Soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identity but now, with their homelands again facing a major threat, they have returned to do battle.

Вурдалаки — Ghouls — $0.6 million as of February 28, 2017

The latest from the still-new genre of Russian horror films, this movie takes place in 18th century Russia at the Spassky Monastery in the Carpathian Mountain range. There, the Empress Elizabeth has exiled her former confessor. That monk, departing from St. Petersburg, took strange secrets with him to a land that many say is haunted by evil forces left behind from violent Turkish raids of the past. After many years, Andrey, the godson of Empress Elizabeth, arrives at the monetary while traveling. He is now faced with things strange, frightening, and unusual, that his rational mind is not able to understand; he meets both a true love and unbelievable supernatural evil.

Одноклассницы: Новый поворот — Classmates: A New Turn — $0.4 as of February 28, 2017

This is a sequel to a film released in 2016. Picking up with the same characters a year after the first film ended, Dasha is in a rush to get engaged to Misha, a banker known as “King Credit.” As usual, everything does not happen smoothly. It is up to Dasha’s best friend to save Dasha’s wedding when the groom is suddenly missing and replaced by a doppelganger.

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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