28 Pamfilov

Russia’s Top Russian Movies: November 2016

Published: November 30, 2016

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.

Below are films listed with their English and Russian titles (note that they differ sometimes), as well as how much the film has earned to date.


1. 28 панфиловцев–Panfilov’s Twenty-Eight Guardsmen—$2.6 million as of November 28

Autumn, 1941. German troops have advanced and are preparing an attack on Moscow, now just two hours away from the German line. However, the distance between the Nazis and Moscow is guarded by the 316th Infantry Division under the command of General I.V. Panfilov. This commander has such a high reputation that his soldiers call themselves Panfilov’s Guardsmen. Soon, they will be become renowned for their incredible bravery and perseverance. Based on true events.


2. Молот—The Hammer—$1.4 million as of November 28

Just before competing for a world title, The Hammer, an up-and-coming boxer, is involved in a terrible accident. From now on, every fight could be his last. Soon, he faces a greater challenge in a web of lies and betrayal that threaten his beloved. Now, despite the risks, he must fight in and out of the ring. This film was released in English under the name “Verses.”


3. Хороший мальчик—The Good Boy—$1.1 million as of November 28

After a fire at school destroys a new wing filled with new computers, the unremarkable schoolboy Kolya Smirnov faces a series of improbable events. He is blamed by the Principle’s daughter for the fire, but also falls in love her. Now, he must re-evaluate his life, investigate the arson, win the girl, and reestablish his relationship with his eccentric parents before everything crashes down around him.


4. Бременские разбойники—Bremen’s Robbers—$.5 million as of November 28

This is based on a classic Soviet cartoon called Бременские музыканты. In the original, the King stood in the way of the love between his daughter and a musician. In this new adventure, the King has been overthrown, his greedy ministers have taken over, and the people of the Kingdom live in fear and poverty. The Robbers will now work to reinstate the king. This film was released with the official English title of Hood’s Mad Animals.

5. Дама Пик—Queen of Spades—$.4 million as of November 28

Opera diva Sophia Meyer, after years of exile returns to Russia, intending to stage Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. The show, no doubt, will be an event of the season. Young singer Andrei plots to use the production to achieve his dream of fame and fortune. He will do anything to get the role of German and Sophia, sensing this and her own power in the situation, soon sets all the singers against each other in brutal games…

6. Эластико—Elastic—$.2 million as of November 28

Matvei is a simple guy from a provincial town. He is strong and fast, with amazing endurance . He uses his talents to play soccer with friends and run minor criminal activities. His girlfriend, Dasha, must constantly work to keep her boyfriend from making mistakes that could ruin him. Spurred on by well-meaning friends, she is contemplating dumping him. She is encouraged further in this when Vadim appears and peruses her affections. Then, Matvei gets a chance to try out for a Premier League soccer team in Moscow and turn his life around. But to take Dasha with him, he will have to find the money to do so first…


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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