Russia’s Top Russian Movies: August 2016

Published: October 1, 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. Диггеры–Diggers—$624,999 as of September 4

The Moscow Metro at night. The night’s last train flies at full speed past the final station and disappears into the darkness of the tunnel beyond, vanishing with a trace. The authorities classify the information and refuse to give an explanation. A few days later, friends of the disappeared go in search of their friends. They will remember all the scary urban legends that shroud the Moscow Metro … and will come to know that the reality can be much worse …


2. Ночные стражиNight Guards—$475,598 as of September 04

Contemporary Moscow. When eighteen-year-old Pasha rescues a beautiful young woman from a band of strangely powerful attackers, he discovers an underworld of supernatural beings living among us. Source: IMBD


3. Спарта—Sparta—$363,665 as of September 4

A former no-rules martial arts world champion seeks to return to the sport to solve the problems that have befallen him. He must fight for the honor of a friend and to avenge the betrayal of a beloved coach.  Together with faithful friends, this athlete is ready to challenge the world and build a future for himself.

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.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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