Высоцкий, спасибо что живой

Russia’s Top Movies: December 2011

Published: December 30, 2011

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. Высоцкий. Спасибо, что живойVysotsky. Thank you for being alive (Rus)—$27.4m


2.  Ёлки 2Christmas Trees 2 (Rus)—$24.5m


3. Шерлок Холмс: Игра тенейSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows—$21.7m

Sherlock Holmes is an incredibly popular character in Russia, in large part because of the success of a Soviet television series made surrounding the character. Even many English Sherlock Holmes aficionados argue that Vasily Livanov was the greatest Holmes of all time. That said, the new movies starring Robert Downey Jr. have also been quite popular in Russia. The translation of the movie’s name here contains no surprises—it is a direct translation.


4.  Иван Царевич и Серый ВолкIvan Tsarevich and the Gray Wolf (Rus)—$20.8m


5.  О чем еще говорят мужчиныWhat Men Still Talk About (Rus)—$13.8m

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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