The Spy (Russian film)

Russia’s Top Movies: April 2012

Published: April 30, 2012

Like 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 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 five movies in Russia by box office take—with the official Russian-language trailers from YouTube and, for those Russian films on the list, links to our Russian film site.

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


1. Морской бойBattleship—$17.2m

The Russians have chosen to take this action title to something a bit more action-oriented. “Морской бой” would actually be “Sea Battle” if directly translated back to English.


2.  Титаник 3D—Titanic 3D—$13.2m

James Cameron’s epic romance makes it big in Russia for a second time…


3.  Американский пирог: Все в сбореAmerican Pie: Reunion—$11.8m

Although Russia has a very strong tradition of classmates (odnoklassniki) staying in close contact after graduation, Russia does not have a strong class reunion tradition (perhaps because classmates stay in contact so well). Thus, the Russian title, rather than reference a “reunion” specifically, goes with “все в сборе,” meaning simply that “all are assembled.”


4.  Мачо и ботан21 Jump Street—$5m

As Russians didn’t have 21 Jump Street in their youth, the name carries no marketing power for them. Thus, a more straightforward comedic title has been applied. Мачо и ботан means roughly: “Macho Man and the Geek.”



5. ШпионThe Spy (Rus)—$4.5m

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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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