Russia’s Top Russian Movies: March 2017

Published: April 2, 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 — $18.6 million as of March 30, 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.

Защитники — Guardians — $4.7 million as of March 30, 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.

Гуляй, Вася! — Get Out, Vasya! — $4.6 million as of March 30, 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.

Везучий случай — A Lucky Situation — $1.9 million as of March 30, 2017

Valery and his friends, sales clerks from Yekaterinburg, discover a lottery ticket worth 43 million rubles. They decide to cash it and split it and make plans on how to spend it partying. However, then they realize that their wives won’t let them spend it how they want to if their wives find out about the money. So, the group decides to escape to Moscow with their winnings. Their wives, however, discover their plans and are soon in pursuit. This film stars a popular comedy troupe in Russia called “Uralskie pelmeni.”

Любовь с ограничениями — Love With Limitations — $1.3 million as of March 30, 2017

After a Presidential Decree is enacted that requires all large Russian companies to hire people with disabilities to compose two percent of their workforce. Serial scammer Misha decides to take advantage of this. He buys fake medical records and a wheelchair and immediately applies to NASHGAZ, a wealthy natural gas company. He gets hired, is given a very good salary and apartment. However, he soon realizes how difficult it is to stay in a wheelchair all the time. To improve his scam, Misha begins attending a support group for people with disabilities. There he meets Marina, who has been in wheelchair since childhood. He soon falls in love with her. Then, his company decides to buy the club his new friends meet in to build a new headquarters. Now he must choose between maintaining his scam and being honest with those he cares about.

После тебя — After You — $.2 million as of March 30, 2017

Aleksey Temnikov is a brilliant dancer who can no longer dance. Injuries sustained years ago have deprived him of the one thing in life he was driven to. Now, he struggles with the idea that he will leave with the world without having left his mark. As those around him try to help, his difficult character keeps them away and keeps Aleksey in isolation.

About the author

Josh Wilson

Josh has lived in Moscow since 2003, when he first arrived to study Russian with SRAS. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. At SRAS, Josh assists in program development and leads our Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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