Russia's Top Films - August 2010 - The Expendables

Russia’s Top Movies: August 2010

Published: August 31, 2010

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. Неудержимые—The Expendables—$9.9m

Sly, Bruce, Arnold, Dolf, and Jack are number one in Russian this month! Note the interesting translation – they have gone from “expendable” in English to “uncontrollable” in Russian.


2.  Шаг вперед 3-D—Step Up 3D—$7.5m 

Dancin’ in three-dimensional Russian!


3. Пиранья 3D—Piranhas 3D—$3.9m

Monster fishies can has Russian language?


4. Одноклассники—Grown Ups—$3.7m

Note the translation change—to the name of Russia’s most popular social networking site…


5. Каратэ пацан—Karate Kid—$3.2m 

Again, an interesting translation. “Пацан” is a literary Russian word meaning “boy.” However, it is derived from the word “поц,” a not-exactly-pleasant word meaning, roughly, “idiot,” implying that the person that holds the title knows nothing. Here, it likely carries the classic meaning of “grasshopper.” 

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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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