Russia’s Top Movies: April 2016

Published: May 3, 2016

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. Книга ДжунглейThe Jungle Book—$15.6m 


2.  ЭкипажFlight Crew (Russian)—$7m

Экипаж  (EkipazhFlight Crew) is a Russian disaster film produced by Russia-1 Channel which was released in April, 2016. Inspired by the 1979 Soviet film Air Crew, Экипаж was the second catastrophe film shot in the Russian Federation.

In the film, a talented young pilot, Alexey Guchshin, does not accept authority and acts in accordance with a personal code of honor. For failure to comply with an absurd order, he is prevented from flying military aircraft and only through the connections of his father (a famous aircraft engineer) does he get a chance to fly a passenger airliner. He becomes the second pilot-trainee on the Tu-204 SM under the guidance of an experienced crew commander, pilot Leonid Zinchenko. Their work relationship is not easy, but due to Alexey’s talent, Leonid chooses to keep him at his side, even after more cases of insubordination caused by Alexey’s failure to comply with absurd orders.

During the flight to Southeast Asia, the crew receives a message about an earthquake on a volcanic island and decides to go to the epicenter of the disaster to evacuate people before the expected volcano eruption. Together, the two pilots manage to escape the island on two planes, however, the smaller cargo plane does not have enough fuel. Using a risky maneuver, the crew manages to transfer passengers via sky line between the two vessels in the air moments before the plane would run out of fuel and crash into the ocean. After a rough, but successful landing in a lightning storm the two are terminated from their positions as pilots (as they both disobeyed a direct order), and are transferred to Aeroflot as flight interns.


3.  Бэтмен против Супермена: На заре справедливости—-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—$4.3m (in April; total $12m)


4.  Зверополис—Zootopia—$2.9m (in April; total $27.9m)


5. Белоснежка и Охотник 2—The Huntsman: Winter’s War—$2.8m

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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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