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 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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